Dental laminates are very thin materials that have a long life and are made of materials that are completely similar to the color of the teeth and give a more beautiful appearance to the teeth by covering the outer surface of the teeth. Dental laminate with the least amount of complications and damage to the teeth improves the appearance of the teeth and brings a more beautiful smile. Dental laminate is generally of two types, some are made of ceramic and some are made of composite. Dental laminate is used to modify the design of the smile, whiten and brighten the teeth and change the size and shape of the teeth.
As we said, dental laminate is generally of two types. Now the question that arises for most people is whether composite is better or ceramic laminate? Certainly, each has advantages and disadvantages over the other. Some people believe that composite is better than laminate because the teeth are much less machined than ceramic laminate. But some believe that ceramic laminate is a better option and is the best option to modify the design of the smile. Even ceramic laminate can be used to cover teeth that have major caries.
The question to choose between ceramic laminate and composite laminate is which one does less damage to the teeth? Which gives a more beautiful and natural look to the teeth? Which one has higher quality and longer life and durability? Which one costs less? These are the questions that may come to your mind when choosing. In any case, you are the final decision maker.
In this article, we intend to review dental laminating and provide you with comprehensive and complete information about dental laminating and composite so that you can more easily decide on choosing one of them.
What is dental laminate?
As we have said, dental laminate is a thin layer that is placed on the patient’s teeth according to the color of the teeth and is used to correct the shape of the teeth and their color. Dental laminate is divided into two types of ceramic laminate and composite laminate. Today, one of the most common and popular methods of cosmetic teeth and smile design is the use of dental laminate, which is used to eliminate problems such as distance between teeth, unpleasant tooth color, bad shape, and shape of teeth.
Types of dental laminates
Indirect method or ceramic laminate: This type of laminate is made of ceramic or so-called porcelain. Ceramic laminate has a more beautiful, delicate, and natural appearance than composite laminate. It also has more strength and longevity than composite and has more color stability than composite. Ceramic laminates are made in the laboratory after molding the patient’s teeth. Also, ceramic laminate is more expensive than composite.
Direct method or composite laminate: The advantage of composite laminate over ceramic laminate is that in these methods, the teeth are cut less and even if the teeth are in good condition, they may not need to be cut. Composite has more color variety than ceramic laminate and has the most versatility compared to patient teeth. No molding is required to make the composite and the composite is placed directly on the client’s teeth. Composite laminate is less expensive than ceramic laminate.
Who is dental laminate suitable for?
Dental laminate can be suitable for people who have dental cavities, gaps between teeth, indentations and protrusions in the teeth, and poor position of the teeth.
Laminating teeth can be helpful in cases where a person has cracked teeth or so-called lip fillings.
Dental laminate is a common method for correcting the design of the smile and one of its types is used according to the discretion of the dentist and the client’s taste.
In cases where a person’s teeth need minor corrections in the arrangement of front teeth and adjustment of crooked teeth, the use of dental laminate can be a good method.
In cases where the teeth are not pleasant for various reasons such as congenital, smoking, excessive drinking of tea and coffee, bruising, consumption of pigmented foods, or denervation of the color, the use of dental laminate will be a suitable method.
Who is not suitable for using dental laminate?
People whose teeth have a lot of decay cannot use ceramic or composite laminate. These people must first eliminate the problem of tooth decay and then proceed to laminate their teeth.
People who have lost their enamel due to wear and do not have enough enamel tissue. For such people, instead of using dental laminate, dental veneers should be used.
People who are accustomed to gnashing their teeth will damage their laminate and cause it to crack and break. For this purpose, the client is given a dental protector or night guard to reduce the destructive effects of bruxism and to protect the laminates.
Advantages of using dental laminate
- Eliminate dental defects:
Dental laminate can be used to close the gap between the teeth, correct the misalignment of the teeth, correct the bad color of the teeth and correct the cracks, abrasions, and fractures of the teeth, and restore the confidence of laughing.
- increasing self-confidence:
Eliminating the dental problems mentioned above will restore your lost confidence. A smile in which all the teeth are seen is a sign of self-confidence.
- Covering large cracks and high tooth sensitivity:
Many dental allergies are due to the presence of some small cracks in the teeth these cracks are covered with laminate and tooth sensitivity is eliminated.
- Do not shave the tooth too much to correct its appearance:
Unlike dental veneers, where the tooth must be cut 2 mm from each side and practically nothing is left of the tooth, laminating the tooth requires a small cut of half a millimeter, and only the outer surface of the tooth is shaved. And in some cases, you do not need to shave your teeth at all.
- Do not change the color of the laminate:
If you care about the health of your teeth and follow your doctor’s recommendations for the care of your laminate, the laminate will have high durability and will remain unchanged for more than 10 years.
Grinding teeth for laminating
For ceramic laminating, a person’s teeth are shaved about half a millimeter so that the ceramic laminate, which is a thin layer of ceramic, can be placed on the tooth, but for composite laminating, the amount of tooth grinding is much less, even if the person’s teeth are in good condition. There is no need to shave your teeth. Shaving teeth is to prevent the teeth from protruding and protruding too much and to give a more beautiful appearance to a person’s teeth.
A few tips after laminating
After laminating, like other dental work, you may have some allergies to hot and cold foods that go away after a short time.
After laminating, oral hygiene and care of laminates will play a special role in the life and durability of the laminate. In the case of composite laminate, breakage and breakage can be repaired, but in the case of ceramic laminate, it is not possible to repair in case of breakage or breakage, and ceramic laminate must be replaced in general, although the rate of breakage in ceramic laminate is much less.
Regarding the color change of the laminate, you should pay attention to the fact that the consumption of pigmented foods and beverages such as coffee and tea and the consumption of cigarettes and hookah cause the color change of the laminate. But the color change of ceramic laminate is much less than composite laminate.
After performing a ceramic or composite laminate, a person’s gums may become inflamed and they may bleed while brushing their gums. That is why it is very important to brush properly and floss after laminating. It is also best to consult your dentist about using mouthwash.