There are fewer dental procedures that are more versatile than the fitting of porcelain laminates.
Attached to the teeth at the front, these thin porcelain coverings can conceal a myriad of cosmetic issues, from staining, cracks, and chips, all the way up to wide gaps between the teeth.
They are also great for correcting exceedingly common issues, such as dental sensitivity, as they close off the holes in the teeth from the rest of the mouth.
Laminates started in Hollywood and were used as temporary coverings for actors and actresses whose teeth were not as white as desired. They were held on with glue and would be removed at the end of a shooting session. In this sense, they were taken off and put on at a whim, but they were thinner and more prone to breaking than the laminates used today. The idea grew and now, they are one of the most popular types of cosmetic dental care. The fitting doesn’t hurt, it’s also non-invasive, and the results can be stunning.
But, before you rush off to book an appointment to have veneers Wagga fitted, it would be wise to learn a bit more about them. In this article, 5 common queries about porcelain laminates are answered, so you can decide whether or not they are the right treatment for you.
How are they fitted?
As briefly mentioned earlier, laminates are fitted to the front of the teeth and this is done with the use of gentle sanding and the application of cement. These are both essential as, without the rougher surface, the cement cannot stick and without the cement, the laminates would come loose.
They are usually fitted in one sitting, so you can leave your dental surgery with a striking-looking smile.
Do they look fake?
They don’t have to.
When used on certain celebrities, yes, they can look a bit showy and dazzling. But for most people who want to have porcelain laminates fitted, this is not ideal, and they want a more natural appearance. Your dental team will usually work with you to ensure that your laminates are the right hue and shade of white to match your face, so they will not look fake.
Is the aftercare hard?
Not at all.
The aftercare for porcelain laminates is exceedingly straightforward and simply involves you brushing and flossing your teeth as you would anyway, alongside attending check-ups with your dental team every 6 months.
How long do they last?
With the aftercare mentioned above, porcelain laminate can last anywhere from 10-20 years or more. But there are a few things that can cause them to fall off prematurely, such as gum disease and lifestyle habits like smoking. So, always try to cut back on smoking if you can and aim to keep an eye out for signs of gum disease.
Are they expensive?
Not really, but the cost of your laminates will vary depending on how many you are having fitted and the dental surgery where they are being fitted too. Luckily, most cosmetic dental surgeries that offer laminates are also able to offer finance, so you can get the overall cost broken down into affordable monthly repayments.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.