Veneers / Laminates

Porcelain veneers (also known as laminates) are very thin, strong layers of tooth-shaped porcelain, which are precision made to your teeth.  Composite-resin material is used as an adhesive to bond the porcelain veneer to the tooth.

Porcelain veneers solve the same types of problems as composite-resin bonding such as stain, discoloration, and spacing.  However, they have the additional advantage of added strength and support.  If many teeth are to be bonded or if staining or other maintenance is a problem, Porcelain veneers may be recommended.  Also, if very dark stains need to be masked or if existing porcelain crowns need to be matched, veneers are the treatment of choice.  Veneers have the additional advantage of being more conservative than a full crown and thus retain more of your natural tooth.

Certain situations such as severely broken or decayed teeth or inappropriate bite relationships may make veneers an inappropriate treatment choice.  Dr. Padula will do a thorough evaluation to determine the best method of treatment on an individual basis.