Veneers Liverpool provides a reasonably quick solution to concealing stained or chipped teeth as well as crooked or gapped imperfections. The advent of smartphones has accelerated the desire for patients to take pictures, especially selfies, that they can send around the world to their family and friends. So, it’s very likely that they will want a quick solution to their dental problems.
What are dental laminates?
Veneers, also known as laminates, are designed to mimic the shape of the teeth and are placed over the teeth in a procedure that can be done guided by a dentist as there are different types. After a careful examination, the dentist can recommend a type of laminate that is well suited to the patient’s needs.
Can anyone have laminates?
A dentist must first do a complete examination as the teeth and gums need to be assessed for diseases before treatment. Laminates cannot be used if the patient has gum disease or if their teeth exhibit signs of decay. The dentist will also have to establish whether or not the patient is prone to clenching or grinding their teeth because laminates will not be the solution if this is the case. The laminates are very thin and any severe grinding or clenching may cause the laminate to break or chip.
What is the procedure?
There are two types of laminates used today: porcelain or composite resin. The dentist will discuss which one is suited for the patient. If it is agreed that porcelain is the right treatment, a small amount of the tooth enamel will need to be removed from the sides and front of the teeth to make room for the laminates and allow for a natural appearance. An impression of the teeth that are being treated is taken and their shade is noted. The moulds and the shade recommendation is then sent off to a laboratory. Once the dentist receives the laminates, the patient will be required to attend another visit. During this, the dentist will carefully make sure that the shape and fit of the laminates are correct and make any minor adjustments if necessary.
Before fitting, the teeth will be cleaned thoroughly and then, using dental cement, the laminates will be bonded to the teeth. After final adjustments, the dentist will usually recommend a follow-up visit to ensure that everything is working as intended.
If it is agreed to use a composite resin laminate, then some tooth enamel is removed but not as much as with porcelain laminates. After the teeth have been prepared, the dentist will apply the composite material shaded to match the existing teeth. Carefully and precisely, the material is bonded, sculpted and, once finished, hardened using a special light. When the dentist is satisfied that the composite material has hardened correctly, the material covering the teeth is smoothed and polished.
Caring for laminates
A patient with laminates should avoid chewing on anything hard like ice cubes and fingernails. The usual oral hygiene routine of brushing with a soft brush and flossing is recommended.