In this article, we will answer questions such as what is laminated tooth and how is it applied. Let’s take a closer look together.
The importance of dentistry in terms of aesthetics is increasing day by day. Our patients now apply to our clinics for a more aesthetic smile, whiter teeth, more visible, compatible with the facial structure, and a different smile as a whole with their lips and gums, in addition to their general dental health.
Extremely good results can be obtained by applying the smile design. However, while doing this work, it is necessary to make a restoration by touching the patient’s healthy main teeth as little as possible, without damaging them as much as possible. In other words, while giving an aesthetic appearance to the patient by making only light abrasions without cutting the teeth, it is necessary not to disturb the general dental health. The method used for this is Laminated tooth (leaf coating) method.
What is Laminated Teeth?
Laminated teeth are a type of veneer applied only to the front surfaces of the teeth. As with porcelain and zirconium veneers, without the need to reduce or cut the teeth; Laminates are adhered to the enamel without any abrasion or light abrasion on the teeth.
How is Laminated Teeth Made?
In the top layer of our teeth, there is a lifeless layer called enamel, transparent in some parts, and a very aesthetic layer. The thickness of this layer varies between 0.5 mm and 2 mm. It has an average thickness of 1 mm and the operations performed on this layer do not cause sensitivity in our teeth. Here we use our Laminates on the enamel layer.
Laminates are adhered to the enamel by etching about 0.2 – 0.3 mm over the enamel, sometimes without any abrasion. The thickness of these laminates varies between 0.2 and 0.5 mm. The material from which the extremely thin, light and aesthetic Laminates are produced is E.max or Feldspathic glass porcelain. Smile design and Laminates are the fields of dentistry that require the most experience, precision work, detail, special craftsmanship, a special laboratory, and an artistic perspective.
How Long Does Laminate Teeth Last?
Since laminates are made on enamel, they are restorations that can be used for many years without any problems with a good occlusion (closure), a good cut, and finally a correct cementation (gluing). The only drawback for laminates is their cost. The reason for this is both the high price of the laminated materials used and the high labor and experience required.