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Indirect Restorations: Porcelain Laminate Veneers
A smile is one of the most powerful of all human expressions, therefore clinicians are continuously asked to provide esthetic treatments.
Modification of an anterior tooth form, position, and color through porcelain restorations can generate significant improvement in a patient’s smile.
Porcelain laminate veneers represent a conservative restorative treatment option. Porcelain veneers rely on a minimally-invasive preparation which should be limited to the enamel only whenever possible. Either feldspathic porcelain or glass-ceramics are bondable ceramics able to create a very strong adhesion to the tooth structure via a composite resin-based luting agent.
The final result is the creation of a restoration that matches the modulus of elasticity of the enamel and mimics its mechanical characteristics during function. Porcelain laminate veneers are biomimetic restorations.
The key to a clinician achieving a pleasing esthetic result is adequate diagnosis and an evidence-based treatment plan. Preparation design, ceramic selection, and close communication between the patient, the clinician, and the laboratory technician is paramount to achieving long-term clinical success and patient satisfaction.
The utilization of porcelain veneers in multidisciplinary treatment plans is introduced in this case presentation series.