Last updated date: 16-Jun-2023
Medically Reviewed By
Dr. Anas Walid Shehada
Originally Written in English
Many individuals would love to have a gorgeous smile with pearl-white teeth. However, a person's natural teeth may be unevenly shaped or spaced; teeth may shatter, become discolored, or lose enamel as they age. If you believe your smile may benefit from a makeover, dental veneers, which cover the front surface of the tooth are a popular solution to conceal flaws.
What are Dental Laminates?
Dental laminates, also known as veneers, are thin shells of porcelain or composite resin material that are bonded to the front surface of teeth to improve their appearance. They are used to change the color, shape, and size of teeth, and can also be used to repair chips or gaps. Laminates are a popular cosmetic dentistry option and can be used to create a Hollywood-style "perfect" smile. They are a less invasive alternative to crowns and can last for many years with proper care.
Porcelain laminate is made up of several thin porcelain layers that are replaced by natural tooth enamel and a sticky coating. Unlike popular belief, there is no need to scrape teeth while manufacturing porcelain laminates, and when a professional dentist selects a suitable treatment approach, just relatively limited preparation is required for embedding laminates without causing any damage to natural teeth.
Along with the aesthetics, the right laminate function is critical, as is the correct and strong adhesion of natural teeth and porcelain laminate. After installation, the dentist will employ resins that are light sensitive till the laminate is strong by flashing a particular ray.
Dental Laminate Advantages
Dental laminates, also known as veneers, are thin, custom-made shells that are bonded to the front of teeth to improve their appearance. Some advantages of dental laminates include:
- They can be used to change the color, shape, size, or length of teeth
- They can improve the appearance of teeth that are stained, chipped, or have gaps between them
- They can make the teeth look more symmetrical and even
- They can be an alternative to traditional orthodontic treatment for some patients
- They are durable and can last for many years with proper care
It's important to note that dental laminates are not suitable for everyone, and the best course of treatment will depend on the individual's needs and goals. A dentist will be able to advise you on whether dental laminates are a good option for you.
Can Dental Laminate ruin your teeth?
Dental laminates, when placed and cared for properly by an experienced dentist, should not ruin your teeth. However, improper placement or maintenance of laminates can lead to problems.
It is important to have a proper diagnosis and treatment plan in place before getting laminates. Laminates can cause damage to your natural teeth if they are not placed correctly or if they are too thick.
It's also important to maintain good oral hygiene by brushing, flossing and visiting your dentist regularly. Laminates can still get cavities and will need to be treated as your natural teeth would. Neglecting your oral hygiene or not visiting your dentist regularly may increase the risk of decay or damage to your laminates.
Additionally, Laminates are not suitable for everyone, especially for people with a habit of grinding or clenching their teeth. In such cases, a different type of restoration may be more appropriate to protect the natural teeth.
Overall, laminates are a safe option when done by a qualified dentist, but as with any dental procedure, it's important to weigh the potential risks and benefits with your dentist before making a decision.
Dental Laminate Procedure
Dental laminate procedure typically involves the following steps:
- Consultation: A dentist will examine your teeth and discuss your goals and expectations to determine if dental laminates are the best option for you. They will also take impressions of your teeth and take photographs to create a treatment plan.
- Preparation: The dentist will remove a small amount of tooth enamel (about 0.5 mm) from the front surface of the tooth to make room for the laminate. They will then make an impression of the prepared tooth and send it to a dental laboratory where the laminate will be custom-made.
- Bonding: Once the laminate is received from the laboratory, the dentist will check the fit and color of the laminate and make any necessary adjustments. They will then clean and etch the surface of the tooth before applying a bonding agent to the laminate and tooth. The laminate will then be placed on the tooth and a special light will be used to cure the bonding agent.
- Polishing: After the bonding process is complete, the dentist will check the bite and make any necessary adjustments. They will then polish the laminate to make it look natural and smooth.
- Follow-up: The dentist will schedule a follow-up appointment to check the healing of the tooth and the fit of the laminate. They will also give you instructions on how to care for your teeth and laminates to ensure they last as long as possible.
This procedure usually takes two visits, one for preparation and one for the final placement of the laminates. It's usually painless and you'll have a nice smile after the procedure with minimal discomfort.
Are Dental Laminates Permanent?
Dental laminates, also known as veneers, are not permanent. They are thin, custom-made shells that are bonded to the front of teeth to improve their appearance, but they do have a lifespan. The lifespan of dental laminates can vary depending on the individual's oral hygiene and the quality of the laminates. With proper care and maintenance, dental laminates can last anywhere from 5 to 15 years.
However, dental laminates can be damaged or wear out over time, just like natural teeth. They can chip, crack, or become loose. They can also become stained or discolored. When this happens, the laminates may need to be replaced.
It's important to note that dental laminates are not a one-time solution for all the dental issues, regular dental checkups with your dentist are essential to keep an eye on the condition of the laminates and for the best possible outcome.
Keep your Dental Laminates for Decades
Here are some tips to help keep your dental laminates in good condition for as long as possible:
- Practice good oral hygiene: Brush your teeth at least twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, floss at least once a day, and use an antiseptic mouthwash. This will help remove plaque and bacteria that can cause tooth decay and gum disease.
- Avoid habits that can damage your laminates: Avoid biting or chewing hard objects, such as ice or hard candy, and avoid using your teeth to open packages or bottles. Also, avoid biting your nails, as well as grinding your teeth (bruxism)
- Avoid staining foods and beverages: Be aware of foods and beverages that can stain your laminates, such as coffee, tea, red wine, and tobacco. Try to limit or avoid these foods and beverages as much as possible, or brush your teeth immediately after consuming them.
- Visit your dentist regularly: Schedule regular check-ups with your dentist to ensure that your laminates are in good condition. They can detect and treat any problems early, before they become more serious.
- Wear a mouth guard if you grind your teeth at night: Bruxism can cause the laminates to wear out or even break. A mouth guard can be worn at night to prevent grinding and keep the laminates in good condition.
By following these tips, you can help keep your dental laminates in good condition for as long as possible, but it's important to remember that they will eventually need to be replaced.
What is the Difference Between Dental Veneers and Laminates?
Dental veneers and laminates are similar in many ways, as they are both thin, custom-made shells that are bonded to the front of teeth to improve their appearance. However, there are some key differences between the two:
- Material: Dental veneers are typically made of porcelain, while laminates can be made of a variety of materials, including porcelain and composite resin. Porcelain veneers are more durable and resist staining better than composite resin laminates, but they also require more tooth enamel to be removed during the preparation process.
- Thickness: Veneers are usually thinner than laminates, which means less tooth enamel needs to be removed during the preparation process.
- Procedure: The procedure for placing veneers is typically more invasive than for laminates. Veneers require more tooth enamel to be removed and require two visits, one for preparation and one for placement. Laminate procedure usually takes only two visits, one for preparation and one for the final placement of the laminates.
- Durability: Veneers are more durable and last longer than laminates. They can last anywhere from 10 to 15 years, while laminates can last 5 to 7 years.
It's important to note that the best choice between veneers and laminates will depend on the individual's needs, goals and budget. A dentist will be able to advise you on whether dental veneers or laminates are the best option for you.
What are the disadvantages of Dental Veneers?
Dental veneers, also known as porcelain veneers, are thin, custom-made shells that are bonded to the front of teeth to improve their appearance. However, there are some disadvantages to consider before getting dental veneers:
- Invasiveness: The procedure for placing veneers is more invasive than other cosmetic dental procedures. To place veneers, the dentist will remove a small amount of tooth enamel (about 0.5 mm) from the front surface of the tooth to make room for the veneer. This can make the tooth more sensitive to hot and cold temperatures, and may also make it more prone to tooth decay or injury.
- Cost: Dental veneers can be expensive. The cost will depend on the number of veneers needed, the location of the dentist, and the type of material used to make the veneers.
- Non-reversible: Once the tooth enamel has been removed, it cannot be put back. And if the veneers fail or become damaged, they will need to be replaced, which can add to the cost.
- Not for everyone: Dental veneers may not be suitable for everyone, especially for patients with tooth decay, gum disease, or a history of grinding their teeth. These issues need to be addressed before placing veneers.
- Color Matching: Porcelain veneers are not as translucent as natural teeth, and the color matching may not be perfect, sometimes the veneers may look too white or too opaque.
It's important to note that dental veneers are not a one-time solution for all the dental issues, regular dental checkups with your dentist are essential to keep an eye on the condition of the veneers and for the best possible outcome. Your dentist will be able to advise you on whether dental veneers are the best option for you based on your individual needs and goals.
How much do Dental Veneers typically cost?
The cost of permanent veneers is determined on the material used to produce them. You should also anticipate your projected cost to match local market prices.
- Composite resin: These are the least costly veneers. Composite resin veneers can be created in a laboratory or at the dentist's office ("chairside"). Chairside veneers typically cost roughly $800 per tooth. Lab-made composite veneers are slightly more expensive, averaging around $1,100.
- Porcelain: These veneers range in price from $900 to $2,500 per piece, with a $1,500 average. Porcelain veneers are typically 0.5 mm to 1 mm thick and extremely durable (10 to 20 years). To accommodate this type of veneer, the dentist scrapes away a tiny layer of your tooth's enamel, which means the operation is permanent. A cracked or missing veneer must be replaced; else, the tooth would be left exposed.
- Porcelain laminate: These veneers are ultrathin (0.2 mm to 0.3 mm) and can range in price from $800 to $2,000, with an average price of $1,800. The dentist does not always have to remove enamel from your tooth before placing them. As a result, the installation of these veneers is frequently reversible.
Again, the stated pricing are for a single tooth. However, you could want to consider covering eight front teeth with porcelain veneers, for example. If you paid the national average of $1,500 each tooth, your total would be $8,500 x $1,500, or $12,000. It's doubtful that your dentist or prosthodontist would give you a discount for numerous teeth, but it never hurts to ask.
What else can influence the average cost of Dental Veneers?
You'll probably require a dental exam and cleaning before having your veneers. Without insurance, each of them costs around $100. If X-rays are necessary, they will cost between $35 and $150. If you have insurance, it's probable that it covers two checkups and cleanings each year, as well as most or all of the cost of X-rays.
Cost variations may also reflect the dentist's and the technician's ability and experience in creating the veneers in the lab.
A Dental veneer is a thin shell made of two different materials, composites and porcelain. Porcelain veneers cost is almost twice composite veneers. Although composite veneers may be damaged sooner, they can be easily repaired. On the opposite, porcelain veneers are more durable but not repairable. So, if they are broken or damaged, they must be completely replaced.
Medically Reviewed By
Dr. Anas Walid Shehada