What is Laminate veneer?
Laminate veneer is an aesthetic application consisting of composite or porcelain, with a thickness of approximately 0.3-0.7 mm, which is bonded on the anterior teeth like a nail, has a natural tooth appearance, luminous transmittance. It is applied to aesthetically improve the size, shape, length and color of the teeth. The biggest advantage is that great results are obtained aesthetically, and also removing tissue only from the anterior region of the teeth it ensures that the wear on the teeth is minimal.
In which cases is laminate veneer preferred?
• In discolorations that cannot be corrected by bleaching (root canal treatment, tetracycline or other drugs, excess fluoride cause tooth discoloration)
• in diastemata (space between two teeth)
• in wear on the teeth with advancing age,
• In teeth with malformation
• In enamel, enamel-dentin fractures after the trauma
• in crowded teeth that are not aligned properly
What are the differences in porcelain and composite Laminate veneer applications?
Composite laminate veneer applications are applied in the clinic by the dentist, without the need for a technician. Generally, treatment is completed in one session. Porcelain laminate veneer, also known as leaf porcelain, is prepared by the technician under the direction of the dentist. At the end of approximately 1 week period, the leaf porcelain is bonded on the patient's teeth. During this period, the patient continues his life using a temporary prosthesis.
Porcelain is stronger and lasts longer than composite material. The luminous transmittance feature of the porcelain and its resistance to stain formation provide an advantage aesthetically. The composite applications are easily and quickly repaired.