Laminates are thin sheets of composite or ceramic that are designed according to the needs of each person and their color is in accordance with the color of natural teeth. Laminate is used to fix minor dental imperfections such as fractures, gaps between teeth, discoloration, or tooth height. These thin sheets adhere to the front surface of the teeth and change the color, shape, size, and height of the teeth.
You should know that laminates are offered in two types ceramic and composite. Ceramic laminates, as their name implies, are made of ceramic and have a more beautiful appearance and more resistance than composite laminates. Ceramic (porcelain) laminates are composed of a combination of thin layers of ceramic that is made in the laboratory after molding and replace natural enamel.
To use composite laminates, the teeth are less machined and do not need to be machined if the teeth are in perfect condition. Also, composite laminates are more glossy and less expensive than ceramic
Will laminates damage the main teeth?
In answer to this question, we must say that no, if the dentist has enough information and experience in the field of laminating, the teeth will not be damaged. Before installing the laminate, the dentist will carefully examine your teeth to make sure that your teeth are suitable for laminating.
It is impossible to distinguish dental laminate from natural teeth because laminates are made individually for each person and the color matches the color of natural teeth. Laminates can whiten teeth that are very dark and have resisted other methods to a great extent.
To prepare the laminates, first, the teeth must be molded and after cutting the teeth and preparing the mold, the laminate must be made in the laboratory and ready to be installed.
Who are the candidates for dental laminate?
Those who have badly colored teeth. This discoloration, which may be caused by smoking, eating food, drinking too much coffee, and bruising or denervation.
To shape and smooth the teeth of those who have dental dislocations; This means that the distance between their teeth is large or the position of their teeth is bad and there is a dent or protrusion in them.
Dental laminate can be a good treatment if the edge of a person’s tooth is broken or cracked.
Who is not suitable for dental laminate?
Those who have extensive caries on their teeth. In this case, performing ceramic dental laminate and dental composite for these people is postponed until after the decay or infection of their gums.
Those who have severe enamel wear and their enamel tissue is not enough. For such people, we usually have to use different types of dental veneers instead of laminating teeth.
For people who have gritted teeth, this habit causes the laminate to break and eventually damages it.
Care and maintenance of laminates:
Dental laminate is very easy to maintain and, like natural teeth, should be brushed regularly and flossed to keep them clean. Your dentist will usually recommend the use of fluoride toothpaste to prevent tooth decay.
One week after installing the laminates, you should see your dentist again to check the function of the laminates and the oral reaction to the laminates. Even if you do not have a problem with the laminates, you should see your doctor after a week to ensure the health of your mouth and teeth.
If you have habits such as gnashing or grinding your teeth, your dentist may give you a dental protector so that you do not damage your laminates by biting the protector during sleep.
You should also see your doctor regularly for further care as ceramic laminates need to be polished with a special paste that has anti-wear properties. Your dentist should also examine your teeth at short intervals to look for the slightest sign of damage to the laminate.
Is it possible for the laminated tooth to separate or rot?
Most clients’ questions are: What is the probability that the ceramic laminate or dental composite will peel off or rot? In answer to this question, it should be said that when the laminate is designed correctly and carefully by an experienced dentist and is placed on the tooth with sufficient care, it will never separate from the tooth. However, the dental laminate can break or fade. Of course, careful design and installation reduce the possibility of breakage or puffiness. Laminated restored teeth may be as decayed as natural teeth. Therefore, paying attention to oral health is another factor in increasing the life of dental laminate.
It should also be added that dental laminating is not recommended for people with healthy teeth because an extremely thin layer of the tooth is shaved each time it is laminated. If this continues and every time some tooth is shaved, the life of the tooth will be shortened and in the long run, the tooth may need to be filled, denervated, or
Ceramic laminates, despite being thinner, have extremely high strength and are not easily damaged. Ceramic laminates are much less thick and look and feel clearer and more natural than composite laminates. This property is due to the inherent nature of ceramics compared to composites, which are brighter and clearer.
Ceramic laminates also rarely change color and wear, and do not require constant polishing and periodic care of composites.