“Laminates” is another term used for dental veneers, which are a cosmetic dental procedure used to improve the appearance of teeth that are discolored, chipped, misaligned, or have other types of cosmetic imperfections.
Laminates or veneers are thin, custom-made shells that are bonded to the front surface of the teeth to improve their shape, size, and color. They are made from either porcelain or composite resin and provide a long-lasting, natural-looking solution to a variety of dental concerns.
During a laminate or veneer procedure, the dentist will first prepare the teeth by removing a small amount of the tooth’s enamel. They will then take impressions of the teeth and send them to a dental laboratory where the veneers will be custom-made to fit the patient’s teeth precisely.
Once the laminates or veneers are ready, the dentist will bond them to the front surface of the teeth using a special dental adhesive. The laminates or veneers are then trimmed and polished to achieve a natural-looking, seamless appearance.
The main difference between laminates and veneers is the thickness of the material used. Laminates are generally thinner than veneers, but both procedures provide a similar result.
Laminates or veneers are a popular cosmetic dental procedure that can help to improve the appearance of a wide range of dental imperfections. With proper care and maintenance, they can last for many years and provide patients with a brighter, more confident smile. It’s important to talk to your dentist about the most appropriate treatment options for your individual needs and goals.