Laminate Veneers and Our Oral Health

Ceramic plates were first arise with the idea to cover anterior sides of teeth for aesthetical purposes and by the time, their contributions to oral health are also understood. Therefore, laminate veneers which are also known as ceramic plates are not only important in terms of aesthetic, they are also important in terms of health.    Because, when we search long term results of laminated teeth, the risk of having fracture, caries, color changes, bacterial plaque formations and position changes decreases to minimum levels.

Above mentioned health problems are also a reason in itself. However, laminate veneers are not applied on teeth not having any color and health problem, only for protection. We dentists don’t want to make those kind of foreign materials unless required even if they may have advantages. Therefore, making right indication is very important for laminate veneers and as for all other procedures.

The Relationship Between Laminate Veneers  and Age

It is possible to apply ceramic plates over the teeth not having any porcelain crown or not prepared previously. The important thing is, teeth and gingiva should have been completed their growth. Laminate should not be done to a person only 14-15 years old. If required, bonding procedure will be better. The ideal age for laminate porcelains is after 16-18 years old. It’s better of teeth and gingiva have their final shapes. In laminate veneers performed in early age, color discrepancies or gingiva discrepancies or even asymmetrical irregularities may occur. This situation creates dissatisfaction.

Laminate Veneers and Long Term Results

Usually, the first question of people is how a material having a thickness one third of a millimeter is not broken. We are getting comments like this very much ‘ I heard from my environment that these can remove or it is not possible to eat hard foods when we have these teeth.’ In terms of aesthetic success, fineness of ceramic is very very important. It is not possible to talk about aesthetic when laminate veneers are thick. However, limitation of functions like biting just because we prepared thin laminate veneers is not  proper. The important thing is to position those ceramics properly and then scientifically cement it over the teeth properly. There is no lifespan for Laminates. As the years goes by, laminate veneers don’t cause any problems. Usually they have to be changed when gingival recession occurs. You don’t have any chance to break laminate veneers while biting something. You should only know that; an impact that can fracture your natural tooth also can fracture laminate veneer.

Types of Laminate Veneers

Laminate Veneers can be produced by two different ways. These phases are performed in laboratory and their results reflected to the patient. The first method is press ceramic method and it is the simplest and easiest one. In this method, planned laminate veneers are studied on a wax up model and the design arises. Wax shaped laminates are pressed in special ovens with a ceramic that can be pressed from the designed model. Refinements that we call leveling are done on the pressed ceramics and finally it is painted with a color that both the patient and the doctor agree. So, laminates are prepared.

In the other method laminates are produced with accumulation technique. In this method, primarily a framework is produced for laminates. Later on, ceramics are added on this framework gradually according to the selected colors and laminate veneers are produced. This method is used to make more natural laminates. Because all the colors and tissues of teeth are produced layer by layer.

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