Laminates and Veneers

For cosmetic dental makeovers, the clinician advocates minimally invasive procedures like laminates or veneers. They are partial coverings of porcelain/composites that are used to correct the visible areas of the teeth. On the other hand, aesthetic modalities like dental laminates and veneers, both remarkable in nature, do have certain striking differences.

Laminates are thin layers of restorative material placed onto the tooth structure without any or with only minimal tooth preparation, while maintaining the natural colour of the tooth worked upon.

Veneers are thicker as opposed to dental laminates, which consequently requires more tooth preparation. They are conveniently used to change the colour of the tooth, especially in cases of significant tooth discolorations such as tetracycline stained teeth and endodontically treated teeth. They are similar, in concept to vitrified tiles, with a lustrous surface on top and a rough etched surface underneath, that is to be luted to the prepped tooth.

Any defect in the size, shape, colour or irregularities in the teeth alignment such as spacing, crowding or overlapping of teeth, can be corrected harmoniously using these aesthetic treatment modalities. There are different types of materials used for the same. Composite laminates, porcelain or ceramic laminates.

Composite laminates: These are directly bonded laminates which is an in-office aesthetic corrections The disadvantages to such dental composite laminates is that it can absorb stains, even after  high polishing and glazing is done and they are susceptible to chipping off and developing cracks. They are economically feasible as opposed to their porcelain counterparts, but may require to be changed/redone more often than not.

Porcelain/ceramic laminates: They are the most durable, stain resistant and high-end porcelain counterparts of composite veneers. They are expensive in comparison to composite laminates and takes multiple visits to the dental office including trial sessions, to be given the final product.  But temporary laminates will be placed until the completion of the treatment. Porcelain laminates preserve the beauty and charm of the rectified smile for an extensive period of time, may require to be redone only if any damage to the laminates has incurred over the years.

 Aftercare for your Dental Veneers

Your dentist will advise you to follow certain practices in order to reduce the risk of damage to the laminate veneers like:

  • To avoid biting or chewing on hard foods like nutshells or bones.
  • To diligently practice tooth brushing habits and flossing your teeth
  • To always brush soon after consuming red wine/coffee/ soda

These laminates or veneers offer an instantaneous, but permanent correction of cosmetic aberrations like chipped, worn out, malformed, misaligned teeth or a combination of all these.

Most often, people prefer this instant cosmetic makeover possibility over traditional orthodontic treatments and metal brackets, for the correction of their misaligned teeth.

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