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Dental Veneers/Laminates


TREATMENT TIME

3 office visits, Basically 1- 4 hours each in 5 days time.

Maintenance

  • Have a professional cleaning 3-4 times per year
  • Avoid use of ultrasonic scalers and air abrasives during hygiene office visits
  • Take special care when biting into or chewing hard & sticky foods
  • Must wear Nightguards to protect from night teeth gringing.
  • See dentist for resealing of margins as needed

Results

Such as glazed, natural appearance and effective masking of stains

Treatment Longevity

5-12 years

Advantages

  • Less chipping than bonding
  • Extremely good bond to enamel
  • Minimal staining and loss of color or luster
  • Less tooth reduction required than crowning Moreover
  • Lasts longer than bonding
  • Gum tissue tolerates porcelain well
  • Generally no anesthetic required
  • Color change is possible

Disadvantages

  • Hence More expensive than bonding
  • Difficult to repair if the veneer cracks or chips
  • Irreversible if much enamel is removed
  • Staining may occur between teeth, depending on how the veneer is prepared
  • Margins may “wash out” and require repair.

Bonding

TREATMENT TIME

1 office visit

Maintenance

  • Have a professional cleaning that is 3-4 times per year
  • Avoid use of ultrasonic scalers and air abrasives during hygiene office visits
  • Avoid biting down with front teeth especially on hard foods
  • Most important see dentist for polishing or repair as necessary

Results

Immediate masking of stains

Treatment Longevity

On the whole 3-8 years; may need repair or replacement more frequently

Advantages

  • Painless
  • Results obtained in 1 appointment
  • Little or no tooth reduction required
  • Generally no anesthetic required
  • Less expensive than porcelain veneers or crowns
  • Easy to repair

Disadvantages

  • Can chip or stain
  • Though has a limited esthetic life
  • May not cover dark stains well
  • May involve minor tooth reduction to remove some of the stains
  • Gum irritation may occur if margins are imperfect

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