Porcelain Laminate Veneers

Porcelain laminate veneers are probably the most aesthetic means of creating a more pleasing and beautiful smile. They require a minimal amount of tooth reduction ( approximately .5 mm ) in facial side (front) only of the teeth, and are, therefore, a more conservative restoration than a crown. Veneers allow us to alter tooth position, shape, size and color.

 

They are not the only alternative for all aesthetic abnormalities but are truly a remarkable restoration when they are the treatment of choice.

 

The laboratory time required for the fabrication of a Porcelain Laminate Veneer is approximately one week. Due to the minimal amount of tooth reduction, it is usually not necessary to fabricate any type of temporary restoration. Should a temporary be needed, they can, in most circumstances, be made at the time of treatment.

The Benefits

Porcelain veneers can correct:

Crooked or misaligned teeth

Crowded teeth

Chipped or worn teeth

Diastemas (spaces between the teeth)

Permanently stained or discoloured teeth

Porcelain veneers and crowns can, in many cases be used as an alternative to orthodontic treatment

The Procedure

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.

Enamel Covering Removal

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.

Laminate Insertion

Your second visit, the insertion of your laminate, can be accomplished, once again , with or without local anesthetic. This visit is usually longer in length.

The laminates are placed with a light sensitive resin which is hardened by using a white light. 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.

Follow-up Treatment

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

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 Minors

Are under 18 years of age.

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