A veneer or laminate is a thin shell of porcelain that is bonded to the front of a tooth to improve its appearance. Veneers and laminates are shaped to match the contours of your natural teeth, and our dentist will make small adjustments to ensure a comfortable and attractive fit. Veneers and laminates offer instant results and are an excellent choice for correcting minor cosmetic dental issues.
Many patients choose veneers or laminates to improve the appearance of chipped or cracked teeth and gaps between teeth. In addition to enhancing your smile, veneers or laminates can help to protect the surface of a damaged tooth. With proper care and routine dental care visits, most patients can enjoy their veneers or laminates for many years. If you do experience any problems with them, such as chipping or cracking, they can easily be replaced.
Can Veneers/ Laminates Fix My Smile?
In a word, yes! Porcelain veneers and laminates are versatile restorations that can be used for a wide range of cosmetic flaws. From stains to gaps, chips to misalignment, these thin shells of porcelain can be used to cover it all. After your initial consultation, we can determine if veneers or laminates are right for you. If so, the preparation process will begin.
Before any work is begun, we’ll take impressions of your teeth and create digital mockups of what the veneers will look like once they’re in place. If you are pleased with the way your smile looks in the mockup, we will craft your permanent restorations, and you’ll be on your way to a new signature look!
Why Should You Get Veneers/ Laminates?
If the teeth are aesthetically flawed, and the patient does not like the appearance of their smile, they may want to consider veneers or laminates. These thin coverings are bonded to the front of the teeth for an instant transformation. Veneers and laminates are also a great option for patients whose teeth are stained from coffee or tobacco, chipped or broken, misaligned, have spaces in between them, or are misshapen in any way.
Veneers and laminates are long-lasting but not permanent. After a few years, the veneers or laminates may need to be replaced due to normal wear and tear. But that’s a much better option than having to undergo extensive and costly cosmetic treatment every few years.
For patients who want to whiten their teeth but aren’t fit for teeth whitening treatments, porcelain veneers or laminates can be customized to match the desired shade. Porcelain is a great material because it resists stains better than resin, so patients can maintain a whiter smile for longer.
How Long Do Veneers/ Laminates Last?
The durability of dental veneers or laminates depends mostly on the patient’s oral hygiene habits and how well they care for their veneered teeth. To achieve the best possible results, patients should have the veneers or laminates placed by a highly experienced cosmetic dentist, like Dr. Lage.
Another factor to consider in relation to the longevity of dental veneers or laminates is the quality of the material used for their fabrication. Porcelain veneers are naturally more stain resistant and durable than composite resin veneers. However, they are more expensive than their composite counterparts. Resin veneers tend to last around five to ten years before needing to be replaced, whereas porcelain veneers can last upwards of twenty years without needing to be replaced.
To find out more about the dental services offered at our dental practice, call (303) 427-4552 or schedule a consultation online. You can also visit us at 7475 Dakin St #335, Denver 80221.