It is no surprise that people with beautiful smiles tend to have high self-esteem and are perceived as more confident by their peers. You need healthy, straight, bright teeth, especially in today’s image-conscious world. Thanks to advancements in cosmetic dentistry, transforming your smile has never been this easier. You may have considered getting Whitehall laminates if you have multiple imperfections such as gaps, discoloration, and chipped or broken teeth. These are high-quality cosmetic enhancements that are much like dental veneers. However, laminates and dental veneers are not the same; the primary difference lies in the treatment process.
What are dental laminates?
Dental laminates are thin, custom-made, tooth-colored shells bonded over the teeth’ front surface to improve their shape, color, size, and overall appearance. The difference between laminates and veneers is that laminates are relatively less invasive. During placement, there is no need for much enamel removal. With laminates, the teeth require limited preparation, which doesn’t cause any damage. Below are other advantages of laminates.
What are the pros of laminates?
These thin, custom-made shells over each tooth can hide deep stains or discoloration. Often, laminates are an excellent alternative for individuals who can’t benefit from teeth-whitening treatments. For example, your dentist may recommend laminates if your discolored teeth are due to excessive fluoride or prescription medication.
Dental laminates are also a quick solution to unexpected situations resulting in broken or chipped teeth.
What are the cons of laminates?
While less enamel removal is good for the tooth’s long-term health, dental laminates have some downsides.
Before getting laminates, it is important to know that treatment is permanent and repairs can’t happen if a hell chips off. Also, even if your laminates are made from porcelain, you must watch your food choices. For example, avoid hard or crunchy foods since they might break the shells. And as mentioned above, once the laminates break off or crack, there is no way to repair them.
Although enamel removal is minimal for dental laminates, the dentist needs to shave off a thin layer of your tooth surface. Therefore, you may have some tooth sensitivity to temperature, which can cause discomfort. Formation of cavities is another downside for people with laminates since tooth decay can still occur beneath the shells. For this reason, optimal dental care is a requirement with laminates.
Dental laminates are not a good option if you have weak, decaying teeth. Your dentist may advise against these thin shells if you have gum disease or periodontitis. You should also avoid laminates with thin enamel layers because you will experience more pain and sensitivity if the dentist grinds down to the dentin to attach the laminates.
The ultimate decision regarding which option is better ultimately lies with the dentist and patient. Patients’ needs vary; one option usually outweighs the other when cost, personal requirements, cost, and other factors are applied.
If you are uncertain between dental laminates and porcelain veneers, consult your dentist at Advanced & Comfort Dentistry.