Porcelain veneers (dental laminates)
Among the applications in aesthetic dentistry, one of the most preferred solutions is the use of porcelain veneers. It is also currently the least invasive prosthetic solution.
Veneers are wafer-thin shells made out of dental ceramic. They are bonded onto the front side of teeth. Due to their thin and aesthetic structure, these shells are called “laminates”, which in Latin means “leaf”, hence the term porcelain leaves.
Their primary function is improving the appearance of teeth.
Porcelain veneers are most commonly used in the following cases:
- Gaps in your smile.
- Significantly discolored teeth that cannot be fixed by tooth whitening.
- Hiding unsightly-looking fillings.
- Hypocalcification, erosion and dental cervix disorders (which are disorders associated with the “neck” of the tooth).
- Cracked / chipped teeth.
The advantages of porcelain veneers are:
- Very quick application compared to other dental procedures.
- Innovative bonding technique does not require polishing teeth.
- Laminates of a very thin structure, ensuring high light transmission.
- Giving the teeth a natural and aesthetic appearance.
- Protecting teeth from discoloration and abrasion.
- Durability and high edge tightness.
- Ability to apply them to one or more teeth.
Porcelain veneers can be applied to people who are over 18 years of age and have completed the development of their teeth.
Contraindications of porcelain veneers:
- Bruxism – excessive clenching and gnashing of teeth.
- Advanced bite defects.
- Gingivitis – inflammation of the gums.
- Advanced caries.
- Some occlusive disorders.
- Habitual nail biting.
- Improper oral hygiene.
The most important factor determining the lifetime of porcelain laminates is the proper care of the oral cavity and teeth. With optimal dental care, they can last for up to 15 years.
The application of porcelain veneers includes three steps: diagnosis and treatment planning, preparation and bonding.
During the first step, the dentist examines the teeth and prepares a model of the teeth. Once the veneers are ready they are bonded to the teeth. This method is not invasive to one’s own teeth so it does not require trimming or polishing.
The number and duration of sessions may vary depending on the number of teeth on which the laminate will be applied.
For detailed information on porcelain veneers and other dental treatments, please contact Customer Service.