What are the uses of dental veneers?
Veneers are thin, custom-made shells of tooth-colored materials designed to cover the front surface of teeth to improve your appearance. These shells are bonded to the front of the teeth changing their color, shape, size, or length.
Dental veneers are very versatile and can be used in a number of different ways. They are suitable for correcting the appearance of a damaged tooth, changing the overall color of the teeth, to protecting a weakened tooth from further damage.
Veneers are used to treat a variety of conditions, including:
- Stained teeth
- Chipped teeth
- Misaligned teeth
- Worn teeth
- Teeth that are too small or too large
- Gaps between teeth
- Severely discolored or stained teeth that do not respond to other whitening methods
Dental veneers vs. crowns
A crown completely encases a tooth. On the other hand, porcelain dental veneers are thin ceramic shells that are bonded to the front of your teeth. Veneers preserve more of the tooth’s natural structure than a crown. Veneers are less invasive than crowns and are not permanent. Veneers are also a more conservative treatment than a crown.
How long does it take to place dental veneers?
It takes at least two appointments to place dental veneers. At the first appointment, your dentist will examine your teeth to make sure dental veneers are the appropriate treatment for you. Your dentist will then prepare your teeth for the dental veneers by removing a thin layer of enamel. Next, your dentist will take impressions of your teeth, which will be sent to the dental lab. Your dentist will use temporary dental veneers to protect the surface of your teeth while the dental lab creates your dental veneers.
How are dental veneers made?
There are two main types of dental veneers: composite resin and porcelain. Composite resin veneers are thin shells made of a putty-like resin that is tinted to match the surrounding teeth. They are bonded directly to the teeth. Porcelain veneers are thin shells of porcelain that are bonded to the teeth. Porcelain veneers are stronger than composite resin veneers.
What are dental laminates?
Dental laminates are similar to thin porcelain veneers, but, unlike porcelain veneers, they do not require the teeth to be altered in shape or structure. They are custom-made for each patient and may be used as an alternative to veneers.
A dental laminate placed over a tooth can cover chips, staining, or other imperfections.
Uses of dental laminates
Dental laminates are thin, custom-made shells of tooth-colored materials. These shells are bonded to the surface of the teeth to improve their appearance.
Dental laminates can be used:
- To repair chipped, broken, or fractured teeth.
- To close spaces in between the teeth.
- To cover teeth that are darkened or stained.
- To close gaps between teeth.
How are dental laminates made?
Dental laminates are custom-made in a laboratory. First, we take impressions of your teeth, which are then sent to the dental lab. Once the design process is completed, it is sent to a milling machine. The milling machine cuts out the laminates from a block of porcelain. Once ready, the dental laminate will be affixed to the tooth using cement.
Advantages of laminates over veneers
- Laminates cost significantly less than veneers. The cost of laminates varies according to geographic location, clinic, and materials used.
- Veneers usually last 10 to 20 years. The lifespan of laminates depends on how well you take care of them. You are expected to take care of your laminates in the same way that you take care of your own teeth – routine brushing, flossing, and checkups.
How do you care for dental veneers and laminates?
Veneers offer long-lasting options for covering chipped, stained, or misaligned teeth. However, there are some special care instructions to consider. Always be sure to brush, floss, and rinse twice a day, every day. It is best to avoid biting or chewing hard foods as they could damage the restorations. Also, if you have habits like biting your nails or chewing on pen caps, you could stand a higher chance of damaging the restoration. Please avoid them.