Veneers and laminates are a cosmetic dental treatment that can fix a variety of issues in the teeth to improve the appearance of a smile. Both are custom-made of a thin, porous porcelain and are attached to the front of the teeth to change their appearance. The difference between the two is how they are used.
Laminates are an effective solution in the effort to extend the size of teeth. They can also be used to help correct a minor chip in a tooth or to create an alteration to the tooth color. They are thinner than veneers; this lightweight and the lack of obtrusion makes them a popular cosmetic option.
Like laminates, veneers are used to hide cosmetic defects in the teeth. They can treat issues such as:
The procedure to apply veneers and laminates is similar. The tooth or teeth being treated will first be numbed using a local anesthetic to minimize pain or discomfort. A small amount of the tooth’s surface (enamel) will have to be removed in order to make room for the veneer or laminate. Laminates actually require a smaller amount of enamel to be removed than veneers. For this reason, it’s commonly favored over veneers as it is less invasive. An impression will then be taken of the teeth and sent to a dental laboratory where veneers and laminates are created. It can take two to four weeks for the shells to be created, and in the meantime, the prepared teeth will be covered with temporary veneers.
During a second appointment, the temporary veneers will be removed, and the teeth will be cleaned before the veneers or laminates are bonded to them.
With proper care, veneers and laminates can last for many years. If you think veneers and laminates might be right for you, feel free to contact our office for more information. You can also schedule your appointment online with our online booking form!