What is Porcelain Laminate?
Porcelain laminate is a shell of porcelain (0.3- 0.7 mm) that is bonded onto the front side of teeth. The laminate is translucent, mimics the natural teeth, and is the most aesthetical method for treatment that can correct the shape and color of teeth very quickly.
Usually, you don’t feel pain during the procedure. However, some cases require local anesthesia to prevent patient from feeling pain during the procedure. After teeth are prepared for porcelain laminates, the temporary laminate veneers are prepared and installed on your teeth to protect your natural teeth. So, the patient will not have any aesthetical problems until next visit and the sensitivity is prevented.
Is there a way of foreseeing how porcelain laminates would look on me?
A dental impression is taken at first visit before the teeth are cut off. A mock-up is prepared with a specific material based on the impression taken in the laboratory. In this way, both the patient and the dentist can modify the three-dimensional mock-up as they wish and agree on the final aesthetical look.
A very little amount of materials is removed from the surface of teeth. It is not necessary to remove all around the dental tissue as with crowns.
No grey reflection on the gum occurs in time because it contains no metals.
The light is transmitted through laminate because it is thin and translucent, thereby allowing teeth to look natural.
They don’t change color due to smoking, tea, red wine, and coffee.
Avoid habits such as biting nails or pencils, teeth grinding and clenching, and biting hard food with the front teeth after porcelain laminate veneers are bonded onto your teeth to prevent damage.
Care for the porcelain laminates
Keeping cleaned the joint of teeth and laminate as much as possible for a good oral hygiene and to prolong the life of your porcelain laminates. Therefore, take care for your daily oral care (tooth paste, toothbrush, and dental floss) and try to attend your regular doctor controls.
Have a lower jaw that protrudes
Have insufficient enamel
Have severe fluorosis (discoloration of teeth reflects in such cases, and no secure cementation is achieved)
Have bad habits such as teeth grinding
Or, porcelain laminate can be used after taking necessary measures
To close the gaps between teeth, increase the length of teeth and reshape teeth
To fix broken or cracked teeth
For patients who dislike the tooth colour, who have discoloured teeth due to use of antibiotics, or who want permanent whiteness
For patients who dislike their smile and want to redesign it
To fix slightly crooked teeth.
You need to visit your dentist twice as a minimum during the preparation of porcelain laminates. The duration of a visit depends on the condition of your teeth and how many laminates will be prepared.
HOW ARE PORCELAIN LAMINATES PREPARED?
The surface of the teeth is prepared for the porcelain laminates on the first visit. The enamel tissue is removed by approximately 0.3-1 mm from the front side of teeth to prepare the teeth. Then the dental impression is taken, the colour and shape that fit the natural teeth are identified. Then porcelain laminates of leaf thick are prepared and bonded onto the surface of teeth using proper cement.