Laminates are a mainstay of cosmetic dentistry, since they are chiefly opted for by people who want to improve the appearance of their teeth. Although they were invented as far back as 1886 in the form of a ceramic jacket or crown over a platinum foil cover. About a decade later, the technique for bleaching teeth whiter was introduced by Chapple.
It was only in the 1930s and for Hollywood that California Dentist, Charles Pincus invented a method to improve the smile of actors on the silver screen. Before filming, he would apply temporary resin facing to the actors’ teeth. Later, he graduated to ceramic, but unfortunately these early techniques were very temporary.
Dental Laminates Have Come a Long Way
Curiously on the cosmetic front, lamination is common to both teeth and photographs. Back in 1938, Dr Morris M. Blum decided that the clear plastic resin shells used to cap and join teeth surfaces could be used to protect and preserve photographs. Needless to say, Dr Blum was a dentist with an imagination, but laminates, or veneers as they are also called, are a boon to those with discolored, worn, chipped or misaligned teeth.
Laminates, in a Quixotic twist, also make people look good and look good in photographs as well. It took until the method of etching tooth enamel was developed along with new dental composite materials between the 1960s and the 1980s to make laminates and veneers a part of mainstream dental practice.
Dental Laminates: Procedure
The nicest bit about laminates and veneers is that they permanently enhance teeth color. Dental veneers and porcelain laminate shells are resistant to stain and make teeth look naturally brilliant white in color. They are used to cover discolored, cracked and chipped teeth and can even be used to make teeth appear correctly aligned and evenly shaped and sized.
The process is spread over two stages which can be translated into two visits or appointments. Initially, an impression of the teeth is made and analyzed, along with photographs and dental models. On the basis of this, the laminates are prepared. In the second session, the laminates are bonded or cemented to the teeth meticulously, as this is a delicate and precise procedure. Each laminate is fitted and examined in terms of aesthetics and function before the final bonding is done. Needless to say, once the laminates are permanently attached, scope for adjusting them is nil. Regardless of the procedure, one thing is certain; most people leave the clinic with a smile.
Source by Kilian Allen