Dental laminates are a great way to beautify your smile without removing a significant portion of natural tooth tissue. At Advanced & Comfort Dentistry, an outstanding dental care team helps residents of Whitehall, Pennsylvania, find the right cosmetic treatments to suit their unique needs. That process begins by calling or using the online scheduling page to set up a one-on-one visit.
Dental laminates are high-quality cosmetic enhancements that cover the front portion of your teeth. They offer the ability to correct issues with the size, shape, color, and alignment of your teeth, creating your best possible smile without spending a year or more in braces or Invisalign® treatment.
Laminates are usually only placed on the teeth that are most visible when you smile or speak. While some people have laminates applied to their bottom teeth, the top teeth are the most common area of focus. Laminates are only about as thick as a contact lens.
The primary difference between veneers and laminates lies in the treatment process. In order for veneers to be applied, a portion of your tooth enamel must be removed to make room for the veneers. Because laminates are far thinner than porcelain veneers, there is often no need to alter your natural teeth in any way.
Laminates are less expensive than dental veneers, but it’s important to consider the eventual replacement cost of both options. Dental veneers will last longer than laminates, so you’ll be back in the dental chair sooner if you choose laminates.
Getting dental veneers requires multiple visits, as the porcelain shells need to be custom crafted to fit your teeth. Laminates, on the other hand, can usually be applied in just one office visit.
Once you see how beautiful your smile looks after your laminates are in place, you’ll want to preserve those results as long as possible. The best way to care for your new laminates is to embrace the same advice your dentist gives for keeping your natural teeth healthy.
You should never place excess pressure on your laminates. Avoid chewing on ice or other hard objects. Don’t hold items between your teeth, and avoid the urge to use your teeth to open packages. Don’t bite your fingernails, and use a mouthguard when playing contact sports.
You should maintain optimal dental hygiene to prevent dental decay and gum disease. While the materials used to create your laminates cannot decay, the areas of your teeth that are not covered by the laminates can still be attacked by the bacteria in plaque and tartar. Advanced gum disease can cause your gums to pull away from the surface of your teeth, making the line between your laminates and your natural tooth tissue visible.
If you have additional questions about dental laminates, call Advanced & Comfort Dentistry today to learn more. You can also set up an appointment online in just a matter of moments.