13 Jun 2014

Laminate Veneers

Laminate veneer, also known as leaf porcelain, is an aesthetic application to permanently change the shape and color of teeth. In order to eliminate discoloration  and various deformities in the teeth, porcelain laminates in the form of nails are applied only to the front surface of the teeth, without intervening the entire tooth. Laminate veneer, which does not contain metal content in its infrastructure, is permeable to light and gives extremely successful and aesthetic results with its structure similar to tooth enamel, serves more than aesthetic purposes as a protective prosthesis.

Laminate Veneer remedies  problems below

  • Discolored and stained teeth,
  • Cases where the teeth are different from each other in size and shape,
  • Teeth with various problems such as breakage and cracking,
  • Gaps Between Teeth,
  • Crooked teeth,

Laminate veneer is a successful solution for patients who do not like their smile in general, to have a new smile.


Laminate Veneer Treatment

During the treatment process, first of all, we will determine which medication is the right one for you in a preliminary discussion with one of our dentists. Then the digital design phase is started. At this stage, it is determined how the patient’s teeth will look. It is aimed to get maximum efficiency using mock-ups for guiding tooth preparation according to the size of the patient.

Afterwards, the front surface of the enamel tissue where the leaf porcelains will be placed is etched and the measurement is taken. Laminate veneers, which are prepared according to the measurements sent to the laboratory, are checked for compatibility in terms of color and shape before they are attached to the tooth. The last step is to restore the tooth with porcelain crown.

Laminate veneer treatment is a method that requires a total of 2-3 sessions and is completed in an average of 1 week – 10 days and gives you very fast results. In this treatment method, which is not usually painful, local anesthesia can be applied according to the patient’s request. After the teeth are roughened, temporary teeth are applied to prevent possible sensitivity and Image Deformation.


Advantages and Disadvantages of Porcelain Laminate Veneers

Porcelain Laminate Veneers  have the following advantages;

  • It has a very similar appearance to natural tooth enamel thanks its light-permeable, transparent structure.
  • It is not affected by substances that stain teeth such as tea, coffee, wine and cigarettes.
  • It does not cause Gum Discoloration thanks to its metal-free products.
  • It does not cause a complete abrasion on the tooth surface and is more protective for dental health than other methods.

The most important disadvantage of laminate veneers is that it is cost effective. Patients with teeth grinding and clenching problems may need to inform their dentist about this issue and take protective measures such as night plates after treatment.


Post treatment period for Porcelain Laminate Veneers

After treatment, it is very important not to neglect oral care to protect the laminated teeth. Hygiene practices such as brushing, flossing and mouthwash should be performed regularly to prevent bacteria accumulation and caries formation in dental restorations. 6-monthly dental check-ups should be given the great importance. By doing this, it will be possible to ensure the longevity of Porcelain Laminate Veneers.


Smile Design

Smile design is a personalized smile aesthetic in order to achieve a healthier and aesthetic appearance that is compatible with the anatomical structure of the teeth, gums, lips, jaw and face. The structure of the teeth greatly affects the smile and social life of the person. Most people who are dissatisfied with the appearance of their teeth avoid smiling and try not to show their teeth too much even when talking. Research reveals that while aesthetic concerns can cause various psychological problems, patients can have a beautiful and healthy smile in a short time thanks to the developing dentistry methods today.

The aim of smile aesthetics is to enhance the appearance of fractured, cracked and discolored teeth and to give a permanent, natural and aesthetic appearance. While various methods such as laminate veneer (leaf porcelain), teeth whitening, zirconium, inlay/onlay applications, bonding, orthodontic treatment, implant are applied in the dental aesthetics, pink aesthetics is applied in the gingival aesthetics.

Among these methods, laminate veneer treatment is especially prominent and frequently preferred in smile design. This method, which provides effective results in as little as 1 week, stands out due to the similarity to tooth enamel and the translucent appearance of the tooth.


Dental Problems Related to Smile Design

  • Discolorations that cannot be removed by whitening,
  • Incompatibility in the visible parts of the teeth and gums,
  • Fractured, cracked, worn teeth,
  • Tooth size discrepancy,
  • Teeth-alignment disorders
  • As an alternative to orthodontic treatment, smile design can be  applied for those who have  perplexed teeth.


Treatment Process in Smile Design

The aim of smile design is to have an aesthetic smile and to eliminate existing or future dental health problems.. First of all, the needs of the patient are determined. The treatment plan also determines the duration. For example; Missing teeth may need to be implanted or may need orthodontic treatment first. Although a treatment plan of up to 1 year is considered in such cases, laminate veneer treatment applied gives satisfying results in 1 week. Porcelain laminate treatment, which is completed after   2-3 visits to the dentist, offers the most similar solution to the natural tooth with its appearance close to tooth enamel, which can be used for an average of 10 years..

Before the smile design, digital planning is performed  first. This study is a sketch made in order to see and determine the desired result.
The design of new teeth is shaped not only by the wishes of the patient, but also by factors such as facial features, age, gender and even social position. After the treatment, it is important to do the necessary oral care and not to neglect regular dentist visits, by giving the laminate teeth the same care and consistency that you practice to your own teeth.


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