Q. Can existing
porcelain crowns or laminates be bleached?
A. No, porcelain does
not change color when exposed to dental bleach.
Q. How long should
A. Bonding lasts 3-5
years, depending on wear and tear.
Q. How long do
porcelain laminates last?
A. In excess of 10
years, when properly maintained.
Q. Why do people
choose porcelain laminates over bonding?
A. Laminates look
more realistic, do not stain, feel more natural, and are
Q. When do you need
to see a Periodontist?
A. When local gum
inflammation cannot be controlled by a hygienist and
residual pockets that cannot be maintained are left around
Q. Can porcelain
laminates or crowns give me lip support?
A. Yes, if they are
built out with bulk, provided it does not interfere with
function and local biology.
Q. How do you get rid
of spaces between teeth?
A. With porcelain
laminates or bonding. Crowns may be used on more severe
Q. Does it hurt to
have teeth prepared for laminates?
A. No, it is a
painless two visit procedure. Local anesthesia can be
given to highly sensitive patients, but is usually not
Q. What are the
advantages of laminates versus orthodontic treatment?
treatment takes 18 months to 2 years while porcelain
laminates correct crooked teeth in two visits.
Q. Are cosmetic
procedures covered by insurance?
A. Dental insurance
usually does not cover cosmetic dental procedures.