When it comes to receiving cosmetic dental care, many people are looking for a solution that can whiten their smile, reduce or eradicate the appearance of damage to the enamel or potentially even close gaps between the teeth.
This is where porcelain laminates come in handy and for the majority of people this procedure is exceedingly straightforward and is a suitable solution to many of their cosmetic dental woes. However, being a relatively modern procedure in dental surgeries relating to the aesthetics of teeth, many people have queries about porcelain veneers Wagga and in this article, 5 of those questions will be answered, so you can determine whether or not this is a procedure you want to undergo.
Does the fitting hurt?
Simply put, no, the fitting of porcelain laminates does not hurt.
Your dentist will need to remove a thin layer of enamel from your teeth via abrasion; this is to provide a suitable surface for the cement to adhere to. When the cement is applied to the tooth the custom-fitted laminate will be placed and when the cement has been set, the procedure is complete.
If you experience any discomfort throughout the appointment, you should raise this with your dentist, as this should not be uncomfortable at all and should be similar in an odd way to having false nails placed.
Can they be used to close gaps?
Yes, they can, provided that the gaps are all small enough and that there are no other issues with alignment.
Many people have slightly wider porcelain laminates created so that when they are fitted to the tooth, they close wider gaps. Laminates can be used to whiten teeth, cover any cracks or chips in the enamel and even help with persistent dental sensitivity that has not responded to other methods in traditional dental care.
Can they be whitened?
No, you cannot have porcelain laminates whitened and this is actually one of the reasons why this is such a popular procedure for many, as it allows you to have your teeth whitened in a single setting by up to 18 shades. But there is another benefit too and that is porcelain itself is very resistant to stains, more so than natural enamel, so your whiter smile will last for many years to come.
How long will they last?
The daily care of dental laminates is exceedingly straightforward. You need to brush them twice a day, floss between them and visit your dentist every 6 months for a check-up to ensure that they are still in place and that gum disease is not causing issues with them. Provided that you do all this, your porcelain laminates can easily last 20 years or more.
What should I do when they need to be replaced?
When that 20-year period is up, or they begin to feel loose and you are curious about whether or not they need replacing, you should visit your dentist for an assessment. Replacing laminates is very straightforward and will simply involve another set being made and placed on the tooth using a similar method as before.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.