Difference Between Veneers and Laminates

Posted on: November 16, 2017

Dental LaminatesDental laminates are distinct from dental veneers in a variety of ways. Though both consist of a thin and porous porcelain, serving the purpose of straightening crooked teeth, they have important differences of note. Here is an analysis of how each of these oral health solutions differs from the other. If you are considering dental laminates or veneers this is a must-read.

A Brief Look at Lumineers®

Lumineers® are a form of laminates and are most effective in the effort to extend the size of teeth. They also help correct a minor chip in a tooth or an alteration to tooth color. Lumineers® are quite thin compared to veneers. The lightweight and lack of obtrusion is a large part of what makes Lumineers® so popular.

It also helps that we only remove minimal amounts of enamel to place the Lumineers®. In fact, it might be possible to remove no enamel at all when applying Lumineers®. They are also commonly favored for being nowhere nearly as invasive as other prospective solutions.

The tooth itself is unchanged throughout the application of the Lumineers®. We do not completely destroy the enamel of the tooth during this procedure. This surprisingly strong and shockingly thin solution provides patients with both a functional and aesthetically pleasing smile.

A Brief Look at Veneers

Those looking to close a wide gap between their teeth will find Lumineers® are not the best solution. In such an instance, the use of conventional veneers would likely prove more prudent. Veneers provide additional flexibility in the molding process that ultimately yields the most visually impressive look.

However, there is a potential downside to veneers in that we need to shave a larger portion of the tooth away before affixing the veneers. This removal allows the veneers and the teeth to stick to one another. If there is a need to remove the veneer at some point in the future, then the process will expose the tooth to an unprotected state yet again.

Review all of the Data at Your Disposal Before Taking Action

Patients need to take a close look at all of the information they have available as well as a list of prospective dentists before making a decision. A patient might end up with a completely different option in the end than what he or she was originally considering when researching dentists.

Patients need to consider the input of a dentist, carefully weigh the options and select the oral health care solution that is optimal for the patient’s unique needs. It might be veneers, dental laminates, additional tooth analysis or another solution. Let the data you have amassed and analyzed support your decision and you will not have any regrets.

Contact Us Today to Schedule an Appointment

Are you considering veneers or laminates?  If you need an oral health solution, a cleaning, dental X-rays or any other form of assistance, let us know. Schedule an appointment with our team to discuss dental laminates and other options to improve your oral health.


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