Everyone wants a bright smile, but for some, aging, trauma, and other lifestyle factors make it more difficult achieve. Here at Comprehensive Dentistry, we understand what our clients need and offer a wide range of options to meet those needs. If you’re interested in improving the look of your smile, laminates or veneers might be the perfect option for you.
What are veneers?
A veneer is a layer of tooth-colored material applied over your tooth to improve the look and eliminate discoloration. It’s usually made of chairside composite, porcelain, or cast ceramic materials.
The application of veneers requires Dr. Colleen Bullard to prep your teeth. They’re a great choice for someone with a relatively healthy mouth, however, might not work for those with enamel defects, badly done restorations on labial surfaces, and extremely malpositioned teeth.
What can veneers be used for?
Veneers can be used to close spaces, correct the rotation or overlap of your tooth, improve your tooth shape, and offer a more youthful appearance. Full veneers solve the issue of intrinsic staining, while partial veneers are a good solution for local defects and/or discoloration.
What are the benefits of veneers?
Perhaps the most striking benefit of veneers is how simple they are for your dentist to apply. Made custom for your teeth, these thin shells are attached to the front of your teeth and offer an instant smile transformation. Veneers, particularly porcelain veneers, can last up to 25 years without issue, making them a wonderful long-term solution.
What are Laminates?
Lumineers are the most well-known brand of laminates. As thin as a contact lens, these laminates are translucent. This allows them to replicate the natural enamel of your teeth. The thinness of laminates makes them super easy to apply – they actually require little to no grinding down of your teeth. This is because of how thin they are.
What are the benefits laminates?
In addition to requiring little to no tooth prep, laminates also last up to twenty years! They can be used to fix gaps, crooked smiles, and provide a straighter, more uniform appearance without braces. The process of applying dental laminates take only two visits and if you ever decide you want them removed the procedure is completely reversible.
If you’re looking to improve your smile and aren’t sure whether veneers or laminates would be right for you, contact us today! At Comprehensive Dentistry, Dr. Bullard can answer any questions you have and help you make the right decision for your smile needs.