Dental Park Provides Dental Veneers and Laminates
If you are interested in dental veneers or laminates, Dental Park can be of assistance! Our team of dental professionals has years of experience serving patients that want to improve their dental health and appearance. Our office, located in McAllen, Texas, provides a compassionate and comfortable experience for all patients. To learn more about dental veneers or laminates, contact us today!
The Difference Between Veneers and Laminates
If you want to improve the look and feel of your teeth, you may consider dental veneers or dental laminates. These treatments are available in a variety of colors, sizes, and shapes to enhance any smile. These terms are often used interchangeably, but they are two different cosmetic dental treatments. The main difference between veneers and laminates is the material with which they are made.
A dental veneer is made of composites and porcelain. The veneer is a thin shell made of a combination of these two materials. A dental veneer is placed directly on a tooth via a minimally invasive treatment. The tooth’s enamel is ground down and the veneers are placed on the tooth. Dental laminates, made of porcelain, are much thinner and do not require the tooth to be ground down. The laminate is simply placed over the existing tooth.
Reasons to Get Veneers or Laminates
Patients have many different reasons for getting dental veneers or laminates. The most common reasons for a veneer or laminate treatment are:
- To improve the aesthetics of broken, chipped, or worn-down teeth
- To correct misaligned or uneven teeth
- To hide discolored teeth
- To close large gaps between teeth
Benefits of Veneers and Laminates
There are a variety of benefits that come along with dental composite veneers and
dental laminates, including but not limited to:
- Enhanced appearance – veneers are a great way to get pearly whites
- Easy maintenance – the same as regular teeth!
- Dental health – gaps are closed, teeth are more proportional, and bite balance is increased
- Longevity – veneers and laminates can last up to 20 years!
- Quick results – a brand new smile in as little as two visits to the dentist
What to Expect
Compared to other dental procedures, getting dental veneers or dental laminates can be a quick and easy process. First, there will be an initial consultation which typically includes a dental exam. The patient’s overall dental health is examined to ensure they are a good candidate for veneers or laminates.
Next, the teeth are prepared, and a mold is made of the teeth. The dentist will shave down the tooth enamel to make room for the placement of veneers or laminates. When the teeth are fully prepared, a mold will be made and sent to the lab so perfect-fitting veneers or laminates can be created.
When the veneers or laminates are ready, they will be placed onto the patient’s teeth. The dentist will then evaluate them for shape, fit, and color. The dentist will make any additional adjustments. Lastly, a follow-up appointment will be scheduled so the veneers or laminates can be assessed.
Veneer and Laminate Aftercare
Good dental hygiene is the most important element of veneer and laminate aftercare. Brushing, flossing, and regular dental visits are crucial to maintaining the appearance and functionality of both veneers and laminates. Since both veneers and laminates can crack, break, or loosen, chewing hard things like candy or ice should be avoided. Veneers can also be stained, so coffee, red wine, and tobacco should also be avoided to keep veneers bright.