Veneers and Laminates
Time and aging have a way of slowly chipping away at our smiles. Potential issues include anything from actual physical chipping of the teeth to discoloration of the enamel. When your teeth begin to wear down, develop gaps between them, or to become misaligned, your overall smile is affected.
While certain cosmetic dental procedures can solve individual problems, sometimes your teeth require too much attention to warrant specific treatments.
In these unfortunate instances, you still have the ability to restore your smile to its former glory through the use of dental veneers or laminates. These dental fixtures allow you to alter the shape and appearance of your smile without orthodontic treatment.
What are Veneers and Laminates?
Put simply, veneers and laminates are meant to cover the front of your teeth. These incredibly thin, shell-like pieces of porcelain or ceramic are custom made to fit your smile. The dentist then bonds the veneer to the front of the teeth, allowing the dentist to completely change the size, shape, color, alignment and length of each tooth.
Apart from aesthetics, veneers and laminates have a couple of added benefits. Since the veneers are bonded directly to your teeth, they increase the strength and structural integrity of your existing teeth. Unlike crowns or other cosmetic dental procedures, they require a minimal amount of preparatory work on your existing teeth. For most cases, veneer application requires little to no tooth structure removal.
The treatment process begins with a full examination of the patient’s teeth. The patient will discuss their goals, our dentists will ensure that the patient’s teeth are suitable for veneers, and a treatment plan will be developed. After preparing the teeth, the dentist takes impressions and then has the veneers constructed in a dental laboratory. Once they return from the lab, the fitting takes place - during this time, the dentist adjusts the fit and bonds the veneer directly to the enamel surface.
The result is a custom designed smile that fits snugly on your existing teeth, giving you the appearance you’ve wanted with the minimal amount of discomfort.