What Is A Veneer?
A veneer is a thin shell of tooth-shaped porcelain that is bonded to the front of your tooth. They are used to improve the appearance of a tooth and restore a damaged tooth.
Veneers can be used to restore or improve the appearance of a tooth that is:
- Misshapen or irregularly sized
- Slightly discolored
- Slightly worn down
- Slightly misaligned or crooked
- Chipped, fractured, or broken
What Are Dental Laminates?
Dental laminates are thin shells of tooth-colored material that are bonded to the fronts of teeth. They are an innovative type of porcelain veneer that can repair minor cosmetic flaws and can protect teeth from further harm.
Dental laminates can be made from resin composite or porcelain. Porcelain laminates are the most durable, but resin composite laminates are considered less noticeable.
When Are Veneers And Laminates Recommended?
Veneers and laminates are an excellent option when a patient is looking for an alternative to costly dental work such as crowns and onlays. Veneers and laminates are thin pieces of porcelain that are bonded to the tooth’s surface. Patients choose veneers to correct chips, stains, gaps, and other cosmetic issues with teeth.
What Can Be Expected During The Veneer And Laminate Procedure?
Dental veneers are thin, durable porcelain shells that are bonded to the front of your teeth. Unlike crowns, which cover the entire tooth, veneers only cover the front, allowing you to preserve your healthy tooth structure.
To prepare for veneers, your dentist will lightly buff and shape your teeth to allow for the best fit. Next, they’ll take an impression of your teeth so the dental lab can create your custom veneers. Once the veneers are ready, you’ll return to our office, where we’ll check the fit and then bond the veneers to your teeth.
How Long Do Veneers And Laminates Last?
Veneers and laminates can last for several years with proper care and maintenance, but just like your natural teeth, they can become discolored over time. If you want to get the most out of your dental restorations, it is recommended that you avoid foods and beverages that can stain your teeth. This includes coffee, tea, red wine, and tobacco. You should also consider practicing oral hygiene at home, including brushing and flossing at least twice a day.
To learn more about our dental services, call Lanham Smiles Family Dentistry at (301) 459-0914 or schedule an online appointment. You can also visit our dental office located at 9500 Annapolis Road, Suite C6, Lanham, MD 20706.