|Category||Dental Veneers and Laminate|
Dental veneers are made of two different materials namely composites and porcelain. Composite veneers are the less preferred choice as they are prone to staining. However, getting composite veneers requires less prep work on the natural teeth and a patient can walk out with them on the same day.
On the other hand, porcelain veneers are typically double the price of composite veneers and require the removal of enamel for their placement. They also cannot be repaired if chipped or damaged. However, they have a natural appearance, are more durable, and can last up to ten years.
Placing veneers, especially porcelain veneers, requires the removal of some of the enamel on the teeth and the reshaping of the tooth. This is done in order for the veneer to lay flat and avoid having a bulky, unnatural appearance. This poses a problem because the tooth’s natural protection is removed and the only thing left to protect it is the veneer. While they can be replaced, once the veneer is removed the tooth loses its protection.
Laminates can be referred to as advanced porcelain veneers as they both share the same function and benefits. However, when placing laminates, the enamel and structure of the tooth do not have to be altered. While this may be better in the long term for the health of the tooth, getting laminates still has its disadvantages. While laminates are only as thick as a contact lens and a thinner alternative to porcelain veneers, they can be bulky on the teeth when they are placed without altering the tooth. They are also usually more expensive than porcelain veneers.