1. What is a dental laminate?
Dental laminates, also known as dental veneers, are thin, tooth-coloured shells that are fitted over teeth to improve the appearance as well to prevent damage. They can be used to alter the colour, shape, size, or length of the teeth.
2. What are dental laminates made from?
Dental laminates are made from resin composite materials or porcelain. Laminates prepared from porcelain are better than resin ones as they can mimic the light-reflecting properties of natural teeth and also don't stain easily. Do consult with your dentist to know the correct choice of material for your individual requirements.
3. When do I need dental laminates?
Dental laminates are used in individuals who have teeth that are severely discoloured, worn down, chipped/broken, misaligned, irregularly shaped, or uneven. People with abnormal gaps between their teeth can also use dental laminates.
4. Can dental laminates damage my real teeth?
It cannot harm your natural teeth as it is just fixed over the surface of your real teeth. It is bonded by using resins that harden by flashing a special light. Moreover, your dentist will make sure this procedure is appropriate for you by checking your teeth and looking at the X-ray of your mouth and jaw.
5. What are the advantages of a dental laminate?
Some of the advantages of dental laminate are:
-gives a natural appearance making it difficult to distinguish between a laminate and real teeth
-porcelain is compatible with the gum tissues
-porcelain laminates are resistant to stain
-the colour of the teeth can be selected so that you can change darker teeth to a whiter shade