Laminate Veneer

A laminate veneer is a dental restoration technique that involves bonding a thin layer of porcelain (called a laminate) to the front surface of a tooth. The tooth is prepared by removing a small amount of enamel (typically between 0.3-0.7mm) from the front cover of the tooth. This process is known as porcelain veneers, laminates, or leaf porcelain teeth. Laminate veneers require a special laboratory and crafting process.

Laminate veneers are a good option for teeth that have been shortened or have worn enamel. They can also cover cracked or broken enamel and provide a natural-looking tooth appearance due to their high level of light transmittance. They are also used for patients who want permanent whiteness, as bleached teeth can re-color over time due to tea, coffee, and cigarettes. For patients who do not wish for orthodontic treatment or have a shortage of time for braces, porcelain laminates can be applied to improve the alignment of the teeth. They are also often used to close spaces between teeth and can be suitable for patients who want to avoid over-cutting their teeth.

Advantage of Laminate Veneers

They require minimal tooth reduction, usually between 0.3-0.7 mm, which preserves more of the natural tooth structure.

They allow for the creation of the desired aesthetic properties (such as color, shape, and form) without damaging the natural structure of the teeth.

Porcelain surfaces are smooth, which minimizes staining and tartar formation caused by smoking and other factors.

They do not change color due to external factors such as coffee, tea, or cigarettes.

They are made from solid, non-discoloring, and durable materials.

They have high resistance to abrasion, tension, and tensile forces once fully adhered to the enamel.

They are applied individually to each tooth.

E-max crowns are also applied to each tooth individually.

Procedure of Laminate Veneers

Getting laminate veneers typically takes five days and involves three appointments. However, additional charges may be necessary.

As with any dental restoration, laminate veneers can break or fall off, usually due to excessive or reverse force. However, if the dentist follows the proper technique during the treatment, the veneers should function similarly to natural teeth.

The amount of tooth substance removed during the procedure is typically minimal, between 0.3-0.7 mm. The dentist will determine if laminate veneers are a suitable option for the patient and if you can achieve your desired aesthetic properties without damaging the natural structure of the teeth.