Veneers are perhaps the simplest yet most effective dental restorations. They are primarily used to make cosmetic changes to the teeth and enhance their functionality and structural integrity. They are often made from dental-grade ceramic or composite resin and can be customized to mimic the exact appearance of the adjoining natural teeth.
Laminates are similar to veneers but even thinner. They are so thin that the color of the tooth under it would be visible due to their translucent nature. They often do not require a preparation phase due to their thin structure.
What are the advantages of choosing veneers and laminates?
- Veneers and laminates are relatively thin and hence, do not add to the thickness or volume of the natural tooth structure.
- They are quite simple to fabricate and can be completed in a short span of time.
- Bonding them to the tooth is easy with the help of dental adhesives. With an etching liquid in the picture, they form a firm bond with the tooth.
- Though they are quite thin, they offer excellent durability. With optimum care, they last for several years without any hassle.
- They can be customized to look exactly like natural teeth. Their color, texture, translucency, and contour can be customized as required.
How are they fabricated and bonded?
A thorough diagnosis will be conducted when you visit our dental office for the initial consultation. We will scan the teeth and take an oral x-ray to understand better, the contour of the teeth and the extent of damage caused to the teeth, if any. This data will be used to make a digital impression of the tooth requiring restoration. It will be shared with the dental laboratory for fabricating the veneer, which could take a few days. Meanwhile, the dentist will place a temporary restoration on the tooth to cover the prepared surface.
Next, a second appointment will be scheduled, during which the restoration will be placed on the tooth. Before this, the surface of the tooth will be cleaned and roughened using a suitable etching liquid, which allows the veneer to adhere firmly to the tooth surface. The restoration will be bonded to the tooth firmly using dental adhesives, which will be hardened using a curing light. A bite test will ensure the restoration fits well and doesn’t alter your natural bite.
Please get in touch with us through online consultation or by calling us at 516-336-4902, and we’ll guide you further.