What is Leaf Porcelain & Porcelain Lamina (Laminate Veneer)?
Leaf porcelains are prepared with an average thickness of 0.7 mm, without abrading the front surfaces of the teeth or by abrading 0.3-0.7 mm. It is a porcelain application used with the aim of changing the color, form and position of the teeth with the sensitive bonding technique.
With the advancement and development of cosmetic and aesthetic dentistry, porcelain lamina has been used extensively in smile design.
Glass ceramics (IPS E-max) used in porcelain laminate applications have a much more aesthetic and natural appearance compared to zirconium or other porcelain coatings, since the light transmittance is the closest material to natural teeth.
In which cases is Porcelain Laminated (leaf porcelain) made?
In the presence of crooked teeth and curvatures that do not require orthodontic treatment,
In cases where whitening does not work in cases where there is a gap between the anterior group teeth, called diastema,
Especially in cases of fluorosis, darkening of tooth color due to aging,
In discoloration, antibiotic staining, hypocalcification, tetracycline staining after endodontic treatment,
Fillings with disharmonious surfaces on their surfaces, worn teeth,
If you are not satisfied with teeth that have turned yellow over time and have decreased in size due to age, especially if you want to have a youthful appearance,
In case of loss of substance due to reasons such as fractures and caries in the teeth,
It can be applied to patients who want to have an aesthetic tooth design and redesign their smile.
In order to make leaf porcelain, the patient must be over the age of 18.
How is Porcelain Laminated made?
In the first session, intraoral and facial photographs of the patient are taken. First, the patient's mouth size is taken and the models of the teeth are obtained. On these models, the problems of the patient are determined in detail and corrections are made on the model. Smile design is made to suit the patient's expectation and face form. The patient can see the finished shape of the teeth on the model.
Then, this model is transferred to the mouth and the patient has the chance to experience in his own mouth what the teeth will look like after the treatment before the procedure is started. If there is a part that he wants or does not like to be corrected, it is determined and corrected at this stage and the patient does not encounter any surprises after the treatment. After the patient's consent is obtained, the treatment is started.
Only 0.3-0.7 mm from the front surfaces of the teeth is abraded without numbing the area or by numbing it very little. Detailed measurements are taken from the patient with intraoral scanners or using impression materials. Temporary leaf porcelains are adhered to the patient until the leaf porcelain is made. After the laboratory procedures lasting 3 to 5 days, the leaf porcelains prepared are rehearsed in the mouth.
After the final arrangements are made in line with the patient's expectations during the rehearsal, the leaf porcelains are adhered to the front surface of the teeth after a very sensitive bonding procedure. The bonding phase is the most important part of the treatment and directly affects the life of the treatment, so the material used and the experience of the physician are very important.
What is Prepless (without cutting teeth) Leaf Porcelain?
In Leaf Porcelain applications, veneer is made using the 0.3-0.7 mm thinning technique from the tooth tissue. In appropriate cases, Prepless (without cutting the teeth) leaf porcelain can be applied without touching the tooth surfaces. In this method, the leaf porcelains specially prepared for the patient are chemically roughened and then adhered to the front surface of the teeth with special adhesives after a very sensitive bonding procedure.
How Long Does It Take to Make Leaf Porcelains?
Porcelain Laminate (Laminate Veneer) 's are completed within 3-5 days if pink aesthetics is not required. In cases where pink aesthetics is necessary, the healing of the gums may take 2-3 weeks. At the end of this period, the Porcelain Lamina process is started.
Does Porcelain Laminate Break? Are Porcelain Laminates Durable?
Can I Eat Hard Things With Porcelain Laminates?
Contrary to popular belief, leaf porcelains are very durable materials. With the strengthening of the materials used in parallel with the development of technology, the durability of leaf porcelain is much higher than it was 10 years ago. Adhesive agents are also very fortified. Since it integrates with the tooth after bonding, it does not break easily. In order for it to break, it must be exposed to a force strong enough to break the tooth tissue. You can use it safely in daily life. As long as you don't break the shell of the crusty food with your teeth :)
What is the Lifespan of Leaf Porcelain?
The life of the porcelain leaf depends on the material used, whether the patient pays attention to oral hygiene procedures and whether he comes to regular controls. During the process, they should visit dentists and see supportive practices. The lifespan is different for each of our patients. However, on average, it has a lifespan of 10 to 20 years.
How to Care for Leaf Porcelain?
Oral and dental care should be given great importance after the leaf porcelain treatment. It is necessary to brush the teeth after meals, as well as additional care practices such as dental floss and tongue cleaner. In addition to these, professional oral care should be applied every 6 months.
What are the Points to Be Considered in the Use of Leaf Porcelain?
It should not be attempted to break the shells of hard-shelled foods with the teeth on which leaf porcelain is applied. If our patients notice that they are clenching their teeth at night, they should use a night plate. Oral and dental care should be taken care of. Teeth should be brushed regularly, floss and tongue cleaner should be used. Dentist checks should not be neglected every 6 months. Patients who have a habit of biting a pen, pin or pin should stop this habit. Those who are involved in a sports activity (boxing, taekwondo, etc.) that will cause a blow to the mouth should wear a mouth guard.
How Much Are Leaf Porcelain Teeth Prices?
Dentists are often asked why leaf porcelain prices are more expensive than other types of veneers. The most important factors that determine the price in dental treatments are the effort of the dentist, the time spent on treatment, and the prices of the materials used for dental treatment.
Porcelain laminate dental treatment fees can be relatively high due to the special materials used in making porcelain laminate teeth, the difficult and sensitive clinical and laboratory procedures, and the need for special technical knowledge and expertise to prepare, measure and apply the tooth. You can call our clinic to learn about Porcelain Lamina fees.
What are the Advantages of Porcelain Laminates?
Porcelain Lamina Veneers have more aesthetic properties than other prosthesis options. Since the leaf porcelain is prepared in a very thin layer, its light transmission and reflection are close to natural teeth. Therefore, it gives a natural and aesthetic appearance.
Since the teeth can be made with minimal or no abrasion, the natural structure of the teeth is not disturbed and the dental tissue is preserved at the maximum level. It is completed in a very short time, such as 3-5 days.
Since it is bonded with special adhesives, it cannot be separated from the tooth after bonding. Most patients do not need anesthesia because the abrasion involves enamel level or very little dentin. After it is adhered, its color does not change with external factors such as tea, coffee, cigarettes, and it preserves its color.