Dental porcelain laminates are a very fast and permanent solution to tooth staining and chipping. With the option to use laminates to close gaps and create the impression of straighter teeth, they are a great option if orthodontics have been unsuccessful or only partially effective.
The veneers Liverpool that we use in our clinic are made in dental laboratories and finished with sculpting. When fully bonded to your teeth, our dentists will give the laminate a final re-shaping, making it match any of the teeth around it for a subtle and natural look.
What are dental veneers?
Dental veneers go by many names, but most dentists will call them laminates or bondings. They were originally special-effects makeup made of plastic and temporarily glued to the front of the teeth, like an oral version of acrylic nails.
The switch to porcelain was easy, as we were using porcelain crowns, bridges and dentures in the clinic, so the fabrication of porcelain veneers was not the challenge; getting them to stay in place was the challenge! With pre-etching of the enamel on the front of the tooth and the back of the laminate being treated with a UV cured resin, it was simple to fix the laminate in place averaging 10 to 30 years wear depending on care and lifestyle.
The fabrication of our veneers Liverpool is carried out in a local dental laboratory. In order to achieve a natural finish, we take very accurate measurements of the shade and translucency of your teeth so the opacity of the average veneer we make is just right. With the use of coloured resins, the final finish can be tailored by our dentist during the fitting.
UV light curing
The most critical part of veneers and the one which has the greatest effect on how long the veneers may last is the fitting. A very strong and consistent bond is required between the tooth’s surface and the laminate. This is achieved with UV cured resin which allows our dentist to place and adjust the veneers before using a UV lamp to fix the laminate in place.
Caring for veneers
There are some long-term considerations to getting the most from laminates. It is still possible to get cavities around the perimeter of the laminate, which can extend deeply under the laminate too. This can be avoided with regular brushing. Debonding, where the laminate simply falls off the tooth is much rarer in modern dentistry but it can happen. If it happens to you, be aware that your veneers can be reattached.
The stain-resistant polymer-porcelain is stain resistant, so if you are a smoker or regularly drink red wine and black coffee your natural teeth may darken faster than the laminates, making them more obvious over time. This is only an issue if you don’t have a complete set of bonding. Luckily, our dental hygienist can help with teeth staining using a scale and polish or chemical whitening if required.
If you have any further questions about veneers Liverpool feel free to get in contact with us at the clinic.