What are laminate veneers?

Laminate veneers (just plain old "veneers" to some) are thin slices of material that cover your teeth. They are typically made of porcelain, and are almost always a cosmetic procedure. This is because they make your smile white, uniform, etc. They can cover chips, stains, imperfections, gaps, etc. Think "movie star smile" - those are usually veneers.

They are put on by a cosmetic dentist over several visits, and, with care, will generally last 10, 15, even 20 years.

Laminate veneers, like plastic-resin bonding, cover stained and damaged teeth. Usually made of porcelain, laminate veneers are cemented onto the surface of teeth to give the tooth a smooth, complete surface and a natural shine. The material used for laminate veneers is extremely thin, preventing the bulkiness that can be a problem with plastic resin. Significantly stronger than plastic bonding resin, laminate veneers last approximately 10 to 15 years.

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