Laminates and Veneers

Laminates and Veneers

The importance of clean, bright teeth is not well understood unless its external appearance is hampered, and that ultimately interferes with one’s smile. Being hesitant to smile because of unpleasant teeth severely affects one’s self-esteem. As a suitable solution to this, laminates and veneers have been of great help in mending the appearance of teeth and in turn perfecting people’s smiles.

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What is Veneer Teeth Treatment?

Veneers are porcelain sheets resembling the color of teeth and placed on the teeth surface to enhance the quality of the smile. A veneer teeth treatment can help you get the gaps between your teeth covered and can also mask chips and discoloration.

However, it is important to know that the procedure is a little invasive. It requires the removal of a small amount of enamel for the veneers to sit well on the teeth surface.

More About Veneers

  • Unlike the tooth enamel, veneers are not porous. This makes them highly resistant to stains. However, you might find staining at the edges after a few years.
  • Veneer teeth treatment is lengthy. First, your teeth need to be scraped for the veneers to cement well on the surface. A mold of your teeth will be taken for a custom veneer to be fabricated. Till they are fully prepared by the dental lab, you will be given temporary veneers made of acrylic. Once the custom veneers are fabricated, the dentist uses a bonding solution to fix them on your teeth.
  • Since placing veneers leads to your enamel getting compromised, there is no turning back. Traditional veneers on teeth have average durability of 8-10 years. However, if proper care is taken, then they might last as long as 20 years too.

What Is Laminate Teeth Treatment?

The word ‘laminate’ is often used interchangeably with veneer as it performs a similar function. The difference however lies in laminates being thinner than veneers. They come in various sizes, shapes, and colors to modify the appearance of people’s teeth and make the set of teeth look uniform and pleasant. Laminate teeth treatment is also less invasive than veneer teeth treatment. It does not require a scraping of the teeth for the shell to fit on it.

More About Laminates

  • Laminates are thinner and have more translucence than veneers. Therefore, for people with heavily discolored teeth, laminates are not the best option.
  • Laminate teeth treatment is not as long as that of veneer teeth treatment. It requires minimal preparation since scraping is not necessary. On the first visit to the dental clinic, a mold of your teeth will be taken based on which your custom laminate would be fabricated. On the second appointment, the laminate will be cemented on your teeth with the help of a bonding solution.
  • Laminates are semipermanent and can be removed. Their durability ranges from 10-20 years.

What To Get: Veneers or Laminates?

Though both veneers and laminates work towards improving the overall appearance of your teeth, making a choice between the two requires taking several factors into consideration, one of the most important being the current state of your teeth.

A word with the dentist will give you an idea about what should go well with your teeth in the long run. However, making a decision based on additional factors like personal preference and cost is completely your prerogative.

If you feel self-conscious about your teeth’ appearance and hesitate to smile open-heartedly, then make sure to pay a visit to us at Designer Smiles, Mumbai. Avail of the best laminate and veneer teeth treatment and no more think twice before smiling.

Frequently Asked Questions

With proper care and regular dental check-ups, dental laminates and veneers can last for many years. Porcelain veneers generally have a longer lifespan than composite veneers. However, it's essential to avoid habits like nail-biting, teeth grinding, and using teeth as tools, as these actions can impact the longevity of laminates and veneers.

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