Ever wanted a whiter smile without the gels or bleaches? Have you ever heard of porcelain dental laminates?Attached to your teeth, dental laminates are a great way to instantly whiten, straighten and correct minor imperfections in your smile, all while not being invasive or uncomfortable to have fitted. Great!
In this article, 5 common questions about porcelain laminates are answered, helping you decide if they are the right treatment for you.
Dental Laminates – Your FAQs Answered
1. Do they hurt when they are put on?
No, veneers Wagga do not require any numbing agents or injections when they are put on.
Your dentist will remove a small fragment of the front of the tooth and then will gently place dental cement onto the roughened surface. Once the laminates are placed over the cement and set in place, the treatment is complete!
2. Can they fall off?
Laminates can fall off, but they rarely do.
For instance, they can fall off if there has been untreated gum disease that has caused the gums to swell, one situation which will result in a higher chance that your laminates will fail.
Or, of course, if they weren’t attached correctly, they also have a higher chance of spontaneously loosening from the surface of your teeth.
Most dental teams will be happy to reattach loose laminates, providing that the underlying cause is not decay or gum disease, which will need treating before any reattachment.
3. Do they stain easily?
Interestingly, porcelain dental laminates do not stain as easily as many people think they do.
The porcelain used to create them is surprisingly hardy and is not as porous as the natural enamel of teeth, hence, it does not absorb stains as easily and is more blemish resistant.
But that does not mean that laminates are completely immune to staining. If you smoke, consume red wine or other food and drink that are high in tannins, this can cause your laminates to stain quicker.
4. How long do they last?
With correct care, dental laminates can last up to and over 15 years.
Remember, that for your laminates to last, you will have to brush your teeth twice a day, attend dental check-ups and will need to keep an eye out for issues that can cause the laminates to fall off, such as gum disease.
While your dentist cannot stop you from smoking, it is worth noting that a link has been found between smoking cigarettes and drinking excessive quantities of alcohol and a shorter lifespan of dental laminates. So, if you are wanting your laminates to last for as long as possible, talk to your dentist about smoking cessation plans.
5. Are they expensive?
Many dental surgeries that offer porcelain laminates are also able to offer their patients payment plans, which can help them to spread the cost.
Of course, this is often subject to a credit check and so, you should shop around when you are looking for a dentist who can offer you either financing or payment plans to get the best deal. Alternatively, you can ask your dentist about composite bonding which offers many of the same benefits as laminates, but without the higher price tag. Just make sure the dentist you choose has a reputation for good results when using composite bonding.
Now that we’ve answered some of the questions that you might have had about dental laminates, theres is nothing stopping you from booking a consultation and getting the smile that you’ve always wanted.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.