Cosmetic dentistry delivers a wide range of restorative solutions that can transform your smile more rapidly than you ever imagined. When an individual is unhappy with their teeth, it can affect their morale. They will avoid smiling, laughing, and interacting freely with people around them. Now, dental veneers and laminates can serve as a multi-purpose solution and address many cosmetic issues.
Veneers can create straighter, brighter teeth, close existing gaps between the teeth, repair chips, and modify the shape and size of the teeth. At our office, Roshan Emam DDS in Palo Alto, CA, we help enhance patients’ natural teeth by placing veneers and laminates over the teeth through this simple yet effective procedure.
What Are Dental Veneers?
Dental veneers are thin, customized porcelain shells that are bonded over your existing teeth. They are tooth-colored and merge effortlessly with the rest of your teeth, bridge gaps between them, and help conceal stains and cracks. The issues that veneers can correct are a bit more extensive than that of teeth laminates.
The installation of veneers is done in two phases. The procedure for veneers is more extended, but the results can be more long-term. To ensure proper fit and bonding, your natural teeth will need to be filed slightly.
What Are Dental Laminates?
A dental laminate is a paper-thin shell created with tooth-colored material. When bonded to the teeth’s front surface, these customized shells can conceal their defects and improve their overall appearance. Dental laminates are a less invasive procedure than veneers. Its application does not include scraping of the tooth. Only some elementary preparation is needed for bonding tooth laminates, and there is no damage to the neighboring teeth. After the laminates are secured in place, they are hardened with a special light to make them durable.
The composite tooth laminate procedure can be accomplished in a single dental appointment. The laminates are attached, sculpted, and cured in the dentist’s office, whereas the veneers must be fabricated in a dental lab. As the preparatory work to the tooth’s surface is minimal, laminated teeth can be easily reversed, causing no damage to the natural tooth.
How to Choose Between Veneers and Laminates?
Dental veneers and laminates provide excellent results when it comes to providing a smile makeover. That said, like other critical dental solutions, choosing between these two should be taken seriously. The final decision ultimately lies in your hands because the needs of each person vary. One option usually outweighs the other when personal considerations, cost, and other factors are taken into account. In times of uncertainty, it always helps to take the suggestions of a dentist.
If you want to learn more about our veneers and laminates, call Roshan Emam DDS in Palo Alto, CA at (650) 321-0340 and schedule an appointment with Dr. Emam.