Laminated, laminate veneer or leaf teeth are among the most frequently applied aesthetic dentistry procedures today. The basis of the procedure is that the front surfaces of the front group teeth in the mouth, which cause aesthetic problems, are covered with thin porcelain without causing excess substance loss. In the laminated tooth coating procedure, the front surface of the teeth is covered with leaf porcelain. The thickness of the plaques glued to the tooth varies from 0.3 to 0.5 mm. The laminate tooth coating procedure, which is often used to repair yellowed, stained and broken teeth due to various reasons and to obtain a smooth and perfect appearance of the teeth, shows a very successful performance in giving a natural whiteness to the teeth.
What is Laminate Tooth Coating?
Within the scope of the procedure called laminated tooth coating or leaf tooth, porcelain leaflet ceramics are glued to the parts of the patient’s teeth that come into contact with the lips and cheeks, in other words, to the front surfaces. After laminate tooth coating treatment, which has an extremely thin structure, it is possible to correct the bad appearance in the front area of the teeth and to ensure that the patient has a much more aesthetically satisfactory appearance. In this way, it is possible to make peace with the appearance of the person and to have teeth in the natural tooth appearance.
How is Laminated Teeth Made?
The first step of laminate leaf tooth coating treatment is a detailed examination of the patient before application. As a result of the examination, the dentist determines the needs of the patient and plans the most appropriate treatment after learning the expectations.
The front side of the tongues to be treated with laminate leaf tooth treatment is shaped and prepared for the coating process. During laminated dental treatment performed under local anesthesia, the patient does not feel pain or soreness.
After local anesthesia is applied, a fresco device is used to prepare a small part of the front of the teeth that will be suitable for laminate coating. A special prepared container is pressed into the patient’s mouth to take tooth measurements. The mold extracted from the measurements obtained as a result of the pressing process is used for the preparation of laminated teeth.
In some cases, temporary laminating or temporary filling applications can be applied to the patient in order to increase comfort during the preparation phase. The laminated tooth coating treatment is completed by gluing the prepared laminate leaf teeth to the teeth that are made ready for application.
In Which Cases Is Laminated Leaf Tooth Applied?
Laminated leaf tooth treatment is one of the leading aesthetic dentistry procedures applied to eliminate the problems that are especially in the front teeth and cause the patient to be aesthetically concerned and even to lack self-confidence.
- Eliminating the color changes that occur due to various reasons in the teeth and cannot be eliminated despite the application of professional tooth whitening methods,
- Treating sequencing disorders as an alternative to orthodontic treatment procedures,
- Correction of various tooth crowding,
- Removing the gaps between the teeth of the anterior region,
- Correcting unhealthy and aesthetically unpleasant fillings on the front surface of the teeth,
- Lengthening the length of the teeth that are short due to natural reasons or abrasion,
- Laminated tooth coating treatment can be applied to restore the abrasions caused by erosion on the teeth.
In addition to these, leaf tooth treatment can be an effective method in cases such as various disorders in the enamel tissue of the teeth, fracture of the teeth due to trauma, the necessity of providing a natural symmetry in the front teeth by processing the lateral and small molars of the bloodstream teeth in the form of canine teeth in non-incisor-lateral teeth.
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What are the Advantages of Laminated Leaf Tooth?
Laminated leaf teeth is a conservative dental treatment procedure. Minimal tooth tissue is removed from the tooth where the treatment will be applied, that is, between 0.3 mm and 0.7 mm. With the removal of the tooth tissue, it is ensured that the hot and cold sensitivity in the tooth is at a minimum level, and even in many cases, tooth sensitivity does not occur after the application.
In the treatment of laminated tooth coating, porcelain is used that does not deteriorate, is robust and resistant to abrasions. Thanks to the properties of the porcelain used, the color of laminated dental veneers does not change even if cigarettes, tea, coffee and other substances that cause discoloration in the teeth are consumed. Without structural changes or discoloration, laminate leaf teeth can be used safely for many years.
During laminate leaf dental treatment, the chewing surface of the teeth is not touched. This means that the natural structures of the teeth are not disturbed and the natural tooth sensitivity is not lost. In addition, this situation brings with it the advantage that the adaptation time to laminated tooth coatings is extremely short. Although porcelain is a fragile substance under normal conditions, when it adheres to the tooth enamel, it becomes highly resistant to stretching and pulling forces. In this way, laminate leaf tooth coatings can be used safely without falling easily.
In order for the laminated leaf tooth coating treatment to be applied successfully and to obtain the most natural and comfortable results, the model of the teeth should be prepared before any procedure is performed on the tooth and the changes that will occur should be shown to the patient through this model.
How many days is laminated tooth made?
The number of days in which laminated tooth coating, that is, leaf tooth treatment, will be completed is determined according to the needs, expectations and scope of the procedure to be applied for each patient. In cases where the patient does not need to be treated primarily for gum treatment or aesthetically intervention, laminated tooth coating treatment is completed in an average of 2 to 3 sessions. Although this period is about 1 month, if the patient’s teeth need to be corrected or different treatments are applied, the treatment period will be prolonged.
What are the disadvantages of laminate?
Laminated tooth coating treatment is not a reversible procedure. Leaf porcelain applications may be more costly than composite applications. When fractures or cracks occur, they are not repaired or bleached by teeth whitening.
Laminated tooth coating treatment is not a treatment that can be applied to teeth that are weakened due to large caries or fractures. As it does not protect the teeth against caries, these problems should be treated before laminated tooth coating treatment is applied to people with dental caries, tartar or gum disease. In addition, teeth grinding and teeth clenching habits are factors that can cause damage to laminated tooth veneers. For this reason, patients who have teeth grinding and teeth clenching problems are not suitable candidates for laminated tooth coating treatment.
Laminate Leaf Tooth Coating Prices
Since laminated leaf tooth coating treatment is a dentistry procedure planned and applied for each patient, it is not possible to give a standard price information. Laminated leaf tooth coating prices are determined according to the treatment planned after the treatment for each patient. At the same time, factors such as the experience of the dentist, the scope of the procedure to be applied, the quality of the materials to be used in the treatment of laminated leaf tooth coating, whether the patient should be treated with different teeth and / or gums are the factors that affect the laminated leaf tooth coating prices.
Laminated tooth coating prices may be slightly higher than alternative treatments due to the use of special materials within the procedure, the difficult and sensitive laboratory processes, and the need for special technical knowledge and expertise for the measurement, preparation and application of the patient’s teeth.