Dental veneers and laminates are cosmetic restorations used for enhancing the appearance of the patient’s smile. They are bonded to the front surface of the teeth using dental adhesives. Dentists use veneers to restore teeth that are cracked, chipped, naturally misshapen, severely discolored, or spaced too far apart from each other.
How are veneers and laminates fabricated?
Veneers and laminates are made from a dental-grade ceramic material that is highly durable and customizable. During the first consultation, the dentist will examine your oral condition in detail and determine the best treatment solution. Various factors such as the strength of the teeth, severity of the oral condition, presence of tartar and gum diseases, receding gum line, etc. will be taken into account.
We remove the upper layer of enamel from the tooth to make space for bonding the veneer. However, the amount of enamel that needs to be removed is quite minimal as the veneer is wafer-thin. The dentist will take digital scans to serve as a reference for fabricating the restoration. It will be sent to a dental laboratory where it will be made with the utmost precision. During the following appointment, the dentist will place the veneer on the tooth, check for perfect fit and comfort, and bond it permanently using photosensitive dental adhesives. It will be hardened, and a bite test will be conducted to check for a perfect bite.
What are the advantages of veneers and laminates?
- Since they are extremely thin, they do not add any extra volume to the existing tooth structure, keeping the underlying tooth from looking bloated.
- Veneers and laminates, although being thin, are highly durable. With optimum care, they are known to last for several years together.
- The underlying tooth structure can be restored to its ideal strength and structural stability. The restoration keeps the cracks from propagating, thereby saving the tooth.
- The process involved in fabricating veneers is quite simple.
- The material used to fabricate veneers is stain-resistant.
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