Laminate veneer restorations are made of a thin layer of material placed over anterior teeth. They are generally used for aesthetic purposes or the restoration of a tooth that may have been fractured or discoloured.
For a nice, new and bright smile, an aesthetic rehabilitation can be provided to the anterior teeth using the long-term durability of laminate veneers with high oral tissue compatibility.
TECHNIQUES FOR APPLYING LAMINATE VENEERS
A specific amount of tooth material has to be removed to make room for the required restorative material which is made either of composite or dental porcelain. A composite veneer may be directly built-up in the mouth or fabricated by a dental technician in a lab, later bonded to the tooth. A porcelain veneer, however, can only be fabricated indirectly.
Laminate restorations may be preferred over dental crowning to preserve the health of the gingival tissues.
In cases where porcelain laminate veneers are no applicable, full porcelain crowns may be preferred.
USES OF PORCELAIN VENEERS/DENTAL LAMINATES
- Cover stains or discolorations on the anterior teeth
- Improve symmetry, reshape misaligned teeth
- Close spaces or gaps
- Restore decay, replace worn fillings
- Change shade, value and brightness
- Repair fractures, improve erosion, replace worn enamel
AFTER A BONDED LAMINATE VENEER RESTORATION
Good oral hygiene helps veneers last longer.
Care for dental veneers is very similar to the care of your actual, natural teeth.
In order to prevent damage to your dental veneers, you should avoid eating hard, crunchy foods, grinding or gnashing your teeth, biting finger nails, hard objects, chewing your pens, pencils etc.
You may also keep up with your preventive care by visiting your dentist twice a year.