This process, which we can define as “tooth-colored, very thin leaf-shaped porcelains made of tooth-like materials, designed to cover the front of the teeth”, covers your normal teeth and gives you a bright and beautiful smile. Today’s translucent and high quality porcelain laminate veneers have a more natural appearance than the old ones.

The porcelain used in the laminate veneer process is more resistant to stains and reflects less light, so it looks more like teeth. Although there are many brands used, e.max (emax) is one of the most popular and high quality materials used for this process. The anterior surface of the teeth is covered and varies depending on the size, shape and length of the teeth.

How is Porcelain Laminate Applied?

Leaf porcelains are usually made in three sessions. During your first visit to your dentist, your dentist will check whether this procedure is for you, and after the technical evaluation, details such as the harmony between the aesthetically desired image of your teeth and your face, and the tooth shape to be selected are determined. On your second visit, your dentist may remove a very small amount of enamel from your teeth to make room for porcelain laminate veneers. (Today, it is possible to do this process without touching the tooth enamel, which is prepless, that is, without abrasion, but for this, your tooth and smile structure must be suitable for this process).

Generally, 0.3 – 0.5 mm of tissue is abraded. Local anesthesia may be required for this procedure. Molds of your teeth are taken and taken to the laboratory. Porcelain laminates are prepared here. In the third visit, your dentist adheres the porcelain laminates to your teeth with a special material.

Porcelain Laminate Veneers Pros and Cons

The pros and cons of this procedure, which is the most expensive of the aesthetic dentistry treatments, should be thoroughly measured.

Advantages of Porcelain Laminates:

• Since it contains a material very similar to the natural appearance of your teeth, it is almost impossible to tell that your teeth are porcelain. (Unless a very extreme white color is chosen)

• Porcelain laminates are not affected and stained by smoking, coffee, tea and red wine, unlike other dental aesthetic treatments.

• You can decide the color of the leaf porcelain. However, do not forget that they must be the same color as your natural teeth in order not to understand the difference, or the colors of your natural teeth should be whitened.

• Porcelain laminates made on healthy teeth, that is, leaf porcelains, are not the same process as porcelain crowns (porcelain veneers) made with classical methods, a large part of the tooth tissue is not abraded as in the crown, so it can be stated as a much healthier process.

Disadvantages of Porcelain Laminates:

• Since some of your tooth enamel is removed during the procedure, your teeth may be temporarily more sensitive after the veneers are applied.

• Once your teeth are prepared for porcelain laminate veneer, no matter how little tooth tissue is touched for this process, it is irreversible.

Is Porcelain Laminate Veneer the Right Option for You?

If you have gaps between your teeth, if you are uncomfortable with the gaps between your teeth, it may be good for you to have porcelain laminate. Laminate Veneers can also hide and correct fractures and crookedness. In addition, porcelain laminate veneers may be the best solution for teeth that do not respond to teeth whitening treatment.

Some patients have such stains on their teeth that no matter how much you whiten, those stains will not come off. Porcelain Laminate Veneers are definitely not suitable for teeth damaged by caries and deep fillings. In these teeth, porcelain crown application should be considered instead. In addition, people who clenched and ground their teeth excessively can break their porcelain laminates, so this application can be applied to these people with very special precautions.

Which material should be preferred? Zirconium or E.max?

Unfortunately, this is a question that we, as dentists, do not expect the patient to ask. It is best for an experienced and knowledgeable dentist to make the right choice in technical material selection according to the patient’s oral structure and aesthetic expectations.

Unfortunately, there is a serious information pollution on this subject. Zirconia or zirconium dioxide is a good alternative to the metal substructure we used in the past, which has high durability and at the same time transmits light, but it is not suitable for porcelains that can adhere to the tooth surface such as porcelain laminate. It can only be applied as a crown, even if it is applied to the anterior teeth, its opaque infrastructure, which is saturated in terms of light transmittance, makes it aesthetically disadvantageous compared to other materials. Ceramic materials with very high light transmittance are used in porcelain laminates, which allows us to obtain an image very close to the natural appearance of the real tooth.

Materials known by the brands E.max (emax used to be an empress version), Vita and GC are the most popular porcelain laminate veneers today. Your dentist will decide which of these will be the most suitable material for you.

Maintaining Porcelain Laminates

Porcelain Laminates can live for 10 years or more with proper care, but because laminates have a very thin structure, they can easily break or crack. To minimize this possibility, avoid biting your nails; You should avoid chewing hard objects such as pencils and ice. Brushing or flossing does not damage the veneers, on the contrary, a correct oral care will prolong the health and life of both restorations and your teeth.

Even if you take good care of your teeth, they can cause problems. Therefore, do not forget to visit your dentist regularly. Never forget that you can have a superstar smile as long as you take care of your dental and oral health.

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