Lamina Applications (CAD-CAM)

If you want to improve your smile or repair a tooth with cosmetic dentistry, laminate veneers are a good treatment option. Both composite and porcelain veneers are good for correcting minor cosmetic problems in your smile. Composite veneers tend to withstand only a few years, therefore it is the faster fix with less longevity.

State-of-the-art treatment and long-term smile restoration are possible with porcelain veneers. The life of porcelain veneers can last 7-10 years or longer with proper oral hygiene and care.

For lamina applications, you must first be examined and then have an X-ray. Subsequently the exterior of the tooth is prepared and some color matches are made. The results are then sent to the laboratory for fabrication.

How are Lamina Applications done?

Porcelain veneers are usually reserved for front teeth (for obvious aesthetic reasons). Therefore, this is where we start the procedure.

First, a protective gel is applied around the gums for their protection. An extremely thin layer is usually removed from the tooth enamel, so that when the veneers are fully settled, they align with the rest of the teeth. When this step is completed, your dentist will place a temporary cap over the teeth for protection.

At this point, the shading of the veneers can be selected and decided before the impressions for their manufacture are sent to the laboratory. The manufacturing process of the permanent veneers takes about 1-2 weeks. Once the dentist receives them from the lab, they will be ready for your next visit. The temporary caps are removed and the teeth are thoroughly cleaned before applying the glue and fastening the permanent veneers.

The typical removal of a thin layer of enamel and the preparation of the teeth for the veneers is called minimal preparation. Most applications include some form of preparation, especially when the tooth has a minor misalignment, chipping or cracking.

The benefits of Lamina Applications

The veneer materials used are very durable and resistant to cracking and breaking.

Thanks to facilitated color matching, they are easily matched to surrounding teeth or brightened for aesthetics.

Teeth become more resistant to stains.