What are porcelain laminate veneers?

Lamina is the Latin word for "leaf". In this method, the entire teeth surface is not trimmed, only the front surfaces are trimmed 0.3 to 0.7 mm. Therefore, the loss of healthy tooth tissue is kept to the minimum. In this procedure, porcelain veneers are attached to the trimmed areas.

In which cases are porcelain veneers applied?

  • In cases of irreversible discoloration with dental bleaching,
  • Teeth with poor structure and shape,
  • In the treatment of diastema (diastema closure),
  • In the restoration of broken or worn teeth,
  • In the replacement of old fillings with damaged color and structure,
  • In fixing crowded and crooked teeth (it can be preferred as an alternative cosmetic treatment).

Who can receive the porcelain veneer therapy?

Almost everyone may receive porcelain veneer therapy.

Are there any conditions where porcelain veneers may not be applied?

The porcelain laminate veneer therapy cannot be applied to patients who have jaw deformities such as severe gingival recession, bad habits such as nail-biting and pencil biting, as well as severely crowded teeth and perplexity.

How many sessions do porcelain veneers take?

If your gums do not need an aesthetic operation or any other treatment, the therapy is estimated to be completed in 2 to 3 sessions within a week.

What are the stages of porcelain veneer therapy?

During the first session, the impression of your teeth is taken before trimming, followed by the examination of the obtained model. Next, your teeth are trimmed and the impression of your teeth is re-taken using sensitive impression material. In the next session, the laminates are applied to your teeth.

Will the porcelain laminate veneers fall off?

The adhesion level is very high for the veneers thanks to cutting-edge technology. If the dentist pays attention to the technical details for precision, you may use your porcelain laminate veneers as if they are your natural teeth.

What is the lifespan of porcelain veneers?

Porcelain veneers may be used for years with proper oral care. They are manufactured from porcelain and its outstanding quality ensures them to be more durable than veneers produced from other materials. They are more resistant to stains and erosion. It is necessary to pay attention to oral care to extend their lifespan.

What are the advantages of porcelain veneers?

  • The desired look is achieved with a minimal trimming of 0.3 to 0.7 mm. The process takes between 7 to 10 days on average.
  • They are produced from durable and discoloration-resistant materials.
  • Desired aesthetic properties (color, shape, etc.) without damaging the natural structure of the teeth is possible to be achieved with porcelain veneers. Either no or minimal changes are applied to the teeth. The trimmed layer is between only 0.3 and 0.7 mm.
  • The model of your teeth you want changes on is duplicated and new design is performed based on this model. In other words, before the operation, the planned changes can be shown as a demonstration at the beginning of the treatment. This is called a "mock-up".
  • The porcelain surface of veneers are smooth, so it decreases the likelihood of plaque build-up and staining due to smoking etc.
  • It does not discolor due to external factors such as coffee, tea, and smoking.
  • It is highly resistant to erosion.

 The Author of the Article: Dt. Kerem Adalet

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