Porcelain Laminate Veneers
Many times the demands of cosmetic changes in the mouth are too great for simple bonding. This is when porcelain laminate veneers may be used.
Porcelain veneers can dramatically change an entire smile. They can change the shape, color, size and arrangement of teeth or any combination of these factors. They can often be used as an alternative to orthodontic treatment.
The technique consists of shaving a thin layer of outer tooth structure. An impression is then taken of the prepared teeth and is sent to a dental laboratory. In the lab, a ceramist will make very thin porcelain facings consisting of all the changes in shape, size, color and tooth arrangement that are needed to have a great looking smile.
At the second visit, the laminates are bonded onto the prepared teeth with the blue light gun. The bonding material acts as an adhesive for the laminates. Porcelain laminates are the most popular technique used for dramatic smile makeovers.