Laminate veneers are a type of veneers and a popular option in cosmetic dentistry. In general, veneers are currently the biggest trend in cosmetic dentistry. They’re the most successful smile makeover procedures that are commonly known as the Hollywood Smile procedure.
They are very many types of veneers, some more affordable than others and some more effective. They all cater to different needs and financial plans; but your dentist will help limit down your options. You can also read our veneers guide to learn all about the different types of veneers and their applications.
In the following article we’ll discuss laminate veneers in specific. From their design process down to their application. In addition to where you can get them done for high quality and affordable prices.
What Are Laminate Veneers?
Laminate veneers are a type of veneers and to understand how they differ from other types we have to discuss what veneers are.
By definition, a veneer is a a decorative layer that covers the surface of another object. And in essence, that is how dental veneers work. They can come from different types of materials like resin or procelain.
They also vary in the process of manufacturing according to the material we are using. But the end shape should look like a tooth that your dentist applies to the front of your teeth. This way, the immaculate surface of the veneers covers any mishaps to give you a complete smile makeover.
Laminate veneers also go by the name of porcelain veneers. They are the traditional type of veneers.
Aside from that, they are around 0.7 mm in thickness and this point is very important as it influences both the procedure and their applications.
Because they are thick, they have a very wide range of applications. They are very effective in terms of covering defects and correcting nearly any dental mishaps regardless of its intensity.
Laminate Veneers Procedure
The procedure for laminate veneers differs slightly from one clinic to another. At Dentakay we use cutting-edge technologies such as the one-day smile. Below we’ll discuss modern practices as well as other out-dated technologies.
1- Dental Exam
The dental exam process is an essential step before going through with the treatment. This ensures that your oral health is ideal for the procedure. Your dentist will look for any signs of inflammation or cavities and correct them before placement.
Starting the procedure without evaluating your oral health and correcting underlying problems may negatively affect the health of your teeth.
If you’re clear, your dentist will begin with the procedure.
2- Taking Impressions
There are two phases where your dentist will take impressions of your mouth in the laminate veneers procedure. The first phase of impression taking is to make your temporary veneers. This is because the laminate veneers are thick and in order to make space for them in your mouth, your dentist has to file down your teeth.
3- Smile Design
Smile design is what makes or breaks the procedure. You need advanced tools to achieve the most natural smile. At Dentakay, we use the Trishape technology. This uses a software-assisted camera and artificial intelligence to find the best fit for you.
The camera captures footage from the inside of your mouth as well as outside. The software then studies this information to design your laminate veneers. This process also factors in your features and natural lip movement to see how your prosthetics will interact with your lips and natural facial movement.
This is the second stage of impression taking and is the step used for your final laminate veneers.
The traditional alternative is to have you bite into a mould after filing. Your dentist will then send the mould to an off-site laboratory to manufacture your laminate veneers. The entire process is lengthy and may take up anywhere from 3 weeks to a month.
4- Filing Your Teeth
In order to. fit the veneers into your mouth and achieve a natural look, your dentist has to remove some layer of your teeth. The process of filing is entirely painless because your dentist only removes dead tissue.
5- Placing Temporary Veneers
After filing and if due to some circumstances your permanent laminate veneers are not ready, your dentist will place the temporary veneers instead. The temporary veneers are not the most convenient, but they are there to hide the filed-down teeth.
If your veneers are ready within the same day using the CAD/CAM technology, you do not need to wear temporary veneers.
6- Making the Permanent Veneers
At Dentakay, we use cutting-edge technology like the 3Shape to print out the veneers immediately. The more traditional way to doing this is sending your impressions to a lab that will do the manufacturing in a matter of a month.
Once your veneers are ready, your dentist will then cement them to the front of your teeth. After placement, your dentist will cure the cementing material with blue-light.
What Can Laminate Veneers Fix?
Laminate veneers are extremely high-coverage and can very effectively camouflage any dental-related cosmetic problems. These include:
- Severe pigmentation
- Moderate crowding
- Worn out teeth
- Chipping and gaps.
Will My Doctor Remove My Enamel for the Procedure?
Your dentist will remove only a small layer of dental tissue from your teeth. This is an essential step to make room for the veneers in your mouth. Because they are about 0.7 mm in thickness, fitting them without removing the enamel will create a bulky look.
Lumineers are an alternative to veneers that do not require filing down your teeth because they are very slim. But they are not as effective in providing coverage for more severe cases.
How Natural Are the Results?
The results of veneers if done properly should look very natural. From shape to color, we take every thing into consideration to give you an absolutely charming smile that would complement your natural beauty.
The 3Shape technology helps us fully customize your veneers and receive an authentic look. Sometimes to do this, our technologies would blend several hues on a single laminate veneers. This is key to achieving that natural light-reflection of teeth.
Will You Need Anesthetic with Laminate Veneers?
The procedure of laminate veneers is not at all invasive and so there is no need for anesthetic. But if for some reason you find that you would prefer to be anesthetized or sedated to issues of anxiety, our doctors will assist you with your sedation preferences to make sure you’re comfortable.
How Long Do Laminate Veneers Last?
Recent studies show that laminate veneers can last anywhere between 15 to 20 years with the right care. Emphasis on right care. Although laminate veneers are not organic tissue, you must remember that you still have living dental tissue underneath and around your laminate veneers.
Cavities and inflammation that results from poor dental hygiene can and will impact the longevity of your veneers. Make sure you brush your teeth daily, floss, and use mouth wash. And do not forget to visit your dentist every 6 months for check-ups. This helps you detect any rising issues and treat them before they develop into anything serious.
You should also avoid using your teeth as tools. For instance, never use your teeth to open bottles. Steering away from pigmenting foods and drinks can also help your laminate veneers live longer.
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