PORCELAIN LAMINATES

What is Porcelain Laminate?

Pporselen laminaorcelain 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.

WILL I FEEL PAIN DURING THE PROCESS OF PORCELAIN LAMINATES?

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.

HOW DO THEY LOOK?

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.

WHAT ADVANTAGES DO PORCELAIN LAMINATES HAVE?

  • 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.

WHAT TO DO AFTER PORCELAIN LAMINATES

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.

WHO ARE NOT SUITABLE FOR PORCELAIN LAMINATE?

  • It is not suitable for patients who
  • Have teeth that have no or very small spaces between
  • 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

WHEN IS A PORCELAIN LAMINATE USED?

  • It can be used as an alternative to porcelain crowns
  • 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.

HOW MANY TIMES DO I NEED TO VISIT MY DENTIST

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.

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