Porcelain laminate veneers are probably the most aesthetic means of creating a more pleasing and beautiful smile. Veneers allow us to alter tooth position, shape, size and color.
They are an alternative treatment for aesthetic abnormalities and are truly a remarkable restoration when they are the treatment of choice.
Treatment time can take 2-3 visits with total of 10 days.
During the consultation, the dentist will take photos of your teeth, face and smile.The cosmetic dentist will discuss improvement of teeth positioning, shade and colour to better way enhance your smile to match your face and smile.
A mock up smile design can be requested to have an idea or view of your possible smile makeover. It is made of acrylic and the patient will wear them during the consultation or can wear them while waiting for the permanent veneers
Benefits of Porcelain Laminate Veneers
Porcelain veneers can correct:
Procedure for Porcelain Laminate Veneers
Occasionally, the preparation of a Porcelain Laminate Veneer does not necessitate the use of a local anesthetic. However, for those patients that are particularly sensitive or anxious, a local anesthetic is advisable.
Teeth preparation for porcelain veneers is a more conservative restoration than crowns. They require a minimal amount of tooth reduction ( approximately .5 mm ) in the facial side (front) only of the teeth. Reduction of teeth depends on teeth positions. The dentist will take an impression or a mould of the teeth to be sent to the laboratory. Treatment time will take at least 2 hours
Between your preparation visit and the insertion visit, you can expect some sensitivity to hot and cold. This is normal and is due to the removal of a small portion of the enamel covering of the tooth. This sensitivity should disappear after the placement of your Porcelain Laminate Veneer.
The laboratory time required for the fabrication of a Porcelain Laminate Veneer is approximately 7 days. The dentist will place temporary veneers while waiting for the permanent veneers.
Your second visit, the trial of porcelain veneers. The dentist will put on the veneers on your teeth to check the fit, shade, length. the veneers can be modified by the dentist during the visit. When the ;patient approves of the appearance, the Dentist can then cemented.
the insertion of your laminate, can be accomplished, once again , with or without local anesthetic.
The laminates are placed with a light sensitive resin which is hardened by using a light cure. This visit will take at least 2 hours.
Once placed your laminates are very strong and will resist most of the forces placed upon them by a normal diet. Porcelain has great crushing strength but poor tensile strength.
For other modifications, the veneers may be sent to the laboratory. The laboratory time may take 3-5 days.
Avoid anything that will tend to twist the laminate. Opening pistachio nuts with your teeth, chewing on bones or jelly apples is probably not a good idea. As with most things, common sense should prevail.
What You Need To Know About
Porcelain Laminate Veneers
Porcelain veneers and crowns are not a good choice for individuals who:
Have Unhealthy Teeth
Examples are those with excessive decay.
Have Unhealthy Gums
An example is an active periodontal disease.
Have Severe Malocclusions
Have severe malocclusions best treated with orthodontics.
Are under 18 years of age.