Laminate Veneer Treatment
What is Porcelain Laminate Veneer Treatment?
Aesthetic dentistry aims to renew teeth in a natural and aesthetic way as well as health. With the help of newly developing techniques and successful results in recent years increase the interest in this field of dentistry, it is getting increasingly possible to get an aesthetic smile in a shorter amount of time.
Thin porcelain leaf ceramic application applied to the tooth surface, which has an important place among the applications of aesthetic dentistry, is named with various names such as laminate veneer, porcelain veneer, laminated tooth or leaf porcelain. One of the most important advantages of this method is that in standard crowns, the entire tooth is cut, while in laminate veneer only some abrasion on the front surface of the tooth is sufficient.
Who are eligible for Laminate Veneer treatment?
You can treat many dental problems with laminate veneers. The main dental problems are;
- Color disorders due to various causes (coloration of tetraxyl, advanced color problems due to genetic disposition or various other reasons)
- Diastema, which is also called spaced teeth,
- Broken and worn teeth,
- Dental dislocations that do not require orthodontic treatment,
- For those who want to correct the smile line,
- When sizing teeth after gingivoplasty in Gummy smile structure,
Laminate veneer treatment can be applied to eliminate all kinds of color and size differences between teeth.
Who are NOT eligible for Laminate Veneer treatment?
In some dental problems, leaf porcelain cannot be applied. Such as:
- Those with severe teeth clenching/grinding (bruxism) problems,
- To patients who have the habit of eating nails and biting pens,
- In cases of poor oral hygiene,
- Those who have the habit of breaking and biting hard objects, shell foods,
- In cases where the enamel layer is insufficient or in excess,
- Overly crooked teeth,
- In cases of advanced gum disease,
- In cases where the closing of the upper and lower teeth is on top of each other,
- Missing teeth cannot be replaced.
How is Laminate Veneer Made?
After you decide to have a laminate veneer, you will go over your requests and needs with the first interview and examination with your dentist. Afterwards, cost and process planning can be made.
The first stage is the preparation of your teeth to be laminated. For this, a laminate sized part is abraded on the front surface of your teeth. It depends on the condition of the teeth that will be laminated that determine this abrasion amount. While some roughening is sufficient in some teeth, it can be applied directly on your own teeth with the help of prepless veneer method on teeth that do not require any abrasion.
After abrasion, your teeth are measured and leaf porcelains suitable for your teeth are sent to the laboratory for preparation. Since it will take 4-6 days to prepare, your dentist applies temporary porcelains to your teeth or prevents damage by closing them with temporary filling.
In the second and last stage, your teeth are thoroughly cleaned, roughened with a special gel, made suitable for laminate veneers and adhered. Thus, you will have a permanent and aesthetic smile in a short time of 5-7 days.
Leaf porcelain application is a painless treatment other than local anesthesia application for abrasion. It is a comfortable and easy treatment, with a short application time.
Advantages of Laminate Veneer Treatment
- While the whole tooth is cut in porcelain crown (coating) methods, minimum abrasion is sufficient in laminate veneer. A small loss of enamel is better for the protection of the teeth. At the same time, the protection of the natural tooth contributes to the naturalness of the result.
- Its translucent structure helps to have an extremely natural tooth-like appearance.
- Since the back surfaces of the teeth are not abraded, there is no difficulty in chewing.
- It is not affected by drinks and foods that affect tooth color such as tea and coffee.
- Adaptation period is very short.
- As it is produced from a durable material with advanced technology, it is resistant and has a similar strength to your own tooth.
- It is very close to the natural tooth in terms of color and transparency. If the tooth color is selected as natural as possible, it looks like your own natural tooth.
- Local anesthesia is applied during abrasion. In teeth that do not require abrasion, a completely painless treatment is provided without anesthesia.
- It provides the opportunity to see the treatment result with digital smile design and mock-up study before the treatment. It can be applied in any shape, size and color you want.
- The treatment is completed in a very short time. In a total of 2-3 appointments, you can get your new teeth in an average of 1 week.
Disadvantages of Porcelain Laminate Veneers
The most important disadvantage of laminate veneers, which is one of the most effective methods of smile design, is that it is a costly method. In addition, a minimal abrasion is performed on the tooth. It is a method in which preparation and laboratory stages should proceed flawlessly.
After Laminate Veneer Treatment
A more sensitive feeling and sensitivity to cold can be observed for a maximum of one week after application. It requires a certain period to adapt to the new shape of the teeth. The patient, who is accustomed to their former teeth structure, gets used to his new teeth in a certain time. However, this period is usually very short.
Habits such as crushing crusted food with a tooth, which also damages your own teeth, opening the bottle cap, and eating nails also damage laminated teeth. If you have a problem with clenching/grinding, it is important to share this with your dentist before treatment and take the necessary measures.
Although it is not correct to determine a certain lifetime for laminate veneers, they last for an average of 10 years. Factors such as constantly chewing hard things can shorten this period, and it can be ensured to last longer with regular dentist visits and good care.
The care of laminate veneer teeth is not that different than your natural teeth. Your regular habit of brushing twice a day and flossing will be sufficient. Also, routine dentist checks, which we recommend every 6 months, are important for protecting the health of all your teeth.