Veneers & Laminates
A veneer is a thin shell (like egg shell) made of porcelain which is bonded onto
the front surface of the tooth so that it can improve its cosmetic appearance.
To make a cosmetic change, a porcelain veneer is a suitable option, compared to
dental bonding. Porcelain veneers usually look more healthy & have added benefits
of resisting stains, Porcelain veneers may be fairly expensive & if it is not
used in right way it can break. The disadvantage with a porcelain veneer if it breaks,
the whole thing has to be replaced. Unlike dental bonding. It cannot be replaced
To make a smile most attractive is to place porcelain veneers or jacket crowns.
These Porcelain veneers are translucent, thin laminates, which are made to improve
the aesthetics in (shape, spacing, colour) of natural teeth,& also to correct
crowding, or to replace composite bonding.
If you already have a crown fixed on your front teeth, then porcelain of all jacket
crowns can give you a more natural & attractive look & a better appearance.
Or otherwise , cosmetic repositioning as an alternative to orthodontics with the
placement of porcelain veneers.
What are laminates & veneers?
There is little difference between laminates & veneers, & could be interchanged
with regards to dentistry. They are basically shells which are of the same colour
as our tooth, which are bonded to the front surfaces & are usually to make them
What are direct & indirect laminates?
A laminate is taken directly inside the person mouth, this a direct laminate which
is done then & there. & indirect laminate is when the laminate is made in laboratory
on a replica of the person's teeth, by making an impression on the teeth.
What are laminates made from?
There are various & different materials from which laminates or veneer are made
from , they are sometimes fabricated & in this case with metal-free crowns. Some
of them are:
- Composite resin