Laminated teeth consist of the process of gluing a thin layer in porcelain structure, with or without minimal abrasion, on the front surfaces of the teeth.
Porcelain laminates are colloquially referred to as “leaf porcelain” and they have recently become increasingly popular due to their high aesthetic quality.
The long-lasting laminates are preferred in cases of stained teeth which cannot be transformed by the whitening process.
They also provide aesthetically pleasing results for when problems with the shape and form of the teeth are observed, or when spaces between teeth – called “diastema”- occurs.
BEFORE & AFTER
Laminated teeth are different from classical porcelain coatings in terms of both the material and the method of construction.
In porcelain coatings, it is necessary to make an abrasion of 2-2.5 mm along the entire surface of the teeth, whereas for laminated teeth only 0.5-1 mm of abrasion is sufficient along the front surface of the teeth.
Some cases do not require any abrasion for laminated teeth. Porcelains used for laminates have outstanding features compared to porcelains used with a classical finish and provide very good results in terms of aesthetics.
Laminated teeth are mainly preferred by patients who want neat looking teeth with high aesthetic expectations. Specifically, lamination is the optimal solution for cases that involve permanent discolorations due to antibiotic use, slight shrinkage, shape or form problems, chipping or breakage of the teeth, non-uniform look, as well as excessive treatment of fillers or canal therapy.