Guide to Dental Veneers and Laminates

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Veneers offer an easy way to address aesthetic and physical problems. Most times, veneers are irreversible because part of the existing tooth enamel is removed so that veneers can be placed. Because veneers are permanent, you should take the time to learn as much as you can about them before you decide to get them. Read on to learn more about dental veneers.

Dental veneers and laminates

Dental veneers are also known as dental porcelain laminates or porcelain veneers. These thin pieces of porcelain laminate are designed to cover the front part of existing teeth. Veneers are custom-made and bonded to the front teeth changing their length, shape, size and color. Getting dental veneers requires several trips to the dentist.

Problems veneers fix

Porcelain veneers are good for people with teeth that are discolored and cannot be whitened by bleaching. Teeth can be discolored because of excessive fluoride, root canal treatment or stains from tetracycline or various other drugs. Sometimes teeth can have a yellowish color because of smoking cigarettes, years of drinking coffee or eating highly pigmented foods. Veneers can help change tooth color and give a person a bright white smile.

Dental veneers are attached to teeth and camouflage small orthodontic issues once they are applied. Veneers can achieve many results. Crooked or gapped teeth can be covered with them. Dental veneers can also routinely fix teeth that are worn down, broken, chipped, misaligned, uneven or irregularly shaped.


To prepare the teeth for veneers, the dentist will remove a small amount of enamel from both the sides and front of the teeth. This step is important because it makes room for veneers so that the teeth look natural. The dentist will then make a mold or impression of the prepared teeth. The dentist will determine the shade of the veneers that will suit a patient’s smile.

The mold will be sent out to a dental laboratory that custom-makes them to fit the teeth. It often takes two to four weeks for the dentist to receive them back from the dental lab. A patient may be given temporary veneers to wear. Before the veneers are cemented permanently to the teeth, the dentist will place the veneers to check the shape and fit. After making final adjustments, the teeth are cleaned before the veneers are bonded to the tooth. The dentist may make more changes at a later appointment.

Advantages of dental veneers

Veneers are popular because of many reasons. Veneers are strong and long-lasting. Porcelain veneers have a natural-looking surface and are stain-resistant. Gum tissue also tolerates porcelain well and the color of porcelain veneers can be chosen, which makes it possible to make dark teeth appear whiter.

Contact your dentist

Dental veneers are a good way to hide crooked, damaged, stained, chipped or gapped teeth. Veneers can improve your smile and increase your well-being. Investing in a veneer is a wise choice because of its benefits. Schedule an appointment with your dentist to find out if veneers are right for you.

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