Porcelain Inlays 〉
Porcelain Laminates or Veneers are an extension of the Bonding. It consists of applying a preformed thin veneer of porcelain to the tooth using a chemical agent which chemically and micromechanically adheres (bonds) the porcelain to the tooth. The bonding materials used are the same as in composite resin bonding.
The differences between porcelain veneering and composite resin veneering are:
1. Porcelain gives a more durable and aesthetic final result.
2. Porcelain requires at least two visits while composite resins are applied in one visit.
3. Porcelain laminates frequently are used instead of crowns (capping) when there is enough good tooth remaining to support them. They require much less tooth reduction than crowns.
When used properly, porcelain laminates can produce incredible results while providing a relatively conservative approach. Porcelain laminates can create illusions of color, form, and position easily.
When special porcelains called "luminaries" are applied within them, they can brighten dark teeth without creating an opaqueness. Luminaries are porcelains which produce visible light when they absorb ultraviolet light. They almost create an illusion of a flashlight inside the tooth. When trying to mask out a dark stain like tetracycline or root canal treated teeth, they are an ideal solution.
Laminates can create the illusion of straight teeth without orthodontics for the patient who does not want to be in braces. They can also change the color of teeth when other techniques fail.