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My Favorite Cements for Porcelain Veneers, Part 2

Dr Stephen Phelan February 9, 2011


What luting composite am I using for porcelain veneers.

This week I would like to tell you about the luting composite that I turn to the most frequently in my dental practice for porcelain veneer cases.  As I covered in last weeks post, I would like a luting composite that is light cured, has a matching try-in gel, cleans up easily and has excellent physical properties.

With all of these factors in mind, the luting composite that I turn to first is the 3M ESPE RelyX Veneer Cement System. I like this kit for a number of reasons but one of the most important factors for my practice is that the try-in gel matches the shade of the cured resin cement really well. With the referrals I receive in my practice, I tend to see patients that have high esthetic expectations so it is critical that I have an accurate preview of the results before I commit to the final shade.

I also like the shade selection for this kit with a white, B0.5, A1, A3, and translucent shades. The shades that I seem to use the most are the white, B0.5 and the A1. If anyone needs A3, I have a large collection of that shade for sale! 🙂

This luting composite also has a nice viscosity for porcelain veneers that helps facilitate an easy clean up and excellent physical properties.

I have included some photos from a 6 unit veneer case that I completed a few years ago that was bonded into place with the B1 shade of RelyX Veneer Cement. Take a look at the shade match between the cuspid veneers and the natural bicuspids. The ceramics for this case and the case from last weeks post were created by Master Dental Ceramist, Mr Harald Heindl. Next week, I will talk about the other 2 kits that I have in my practice and when I choose to use them.

If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to leave them using the link above.

Post comments (12)
  1. shrif on June 30, 2015

    Really, it’s very nice…but can we use it for porcelain veneer cementaion on ateeth already have composite filling…

  2. Dennis Hughes on March 27, 2013

    i have had dental work done in costa rica, right now i have implants and temps on the top, the glue let go, and my temps are loose, well out, and i won’t be going back to costa rica until may, i need to glue the temps back in solid until i get back there, i contacted my dentist and he gave me the name of the stuff he uses when putting my temps in, Relyx temp, is this the same stuff i would use to put these back in place until i go back down??? thank you for your time in this matter Dennis Hughes

  3. Dr. Gary S. Ford on February 10, 2011

    Very nice work, Stephen, and I, also, have been using RelyX for years as well. In fact, I have lots of A3 for sale as well. What do you use for your provisionals?

  4. Donna Brode on February 10, 2011

    This is a beautiful result, I have been using this material for about 7 years and have no problems with retention of the veneers. The try in paste is the best and easy to clean.

  5. Doug Cowdrey on February 10, 2011

    Do you have a self cure resin cement you would recommend…I don’t like the RelyX Dual ARC as to poor low tensile strength. Thanks.

    • Dr Stephen Phelan on February 14, 2011

      Hi Doug,

      I think the best self cured resin cement may still be Panavia. I usually use a dual cured resin cement with my porcelain onlays but I use light cured only with porcelain veneers.

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