Ryde Dental Care
17 Ryedale Rd, West Ryde NSW 2114
Dr Chad Hazouri
Cosmetic and General Dentistry

Direct Laminate Veneers

Gaps between teeth and poorly shaped teeth (top) can be effectively treated with direct laminate veneers (bottom)

Direct laminate veneers are a conservative alternative to porcelain veneers. They can be used in a wide variety of cases. First, the tooth’s front surface is etched, and an adhesive coating is applied. Similar to bonding, layers of putty – like bonded ceramic material are the applied to recreate the natural colour of the tooth’s entire front surface. An intense light is applied intermittently throughout the layering process to cure and harden the ceramic material. The cured material is then conroured and polished to create a natural looking tooth to create a natural looking tooth.

Advantages of direct laminate veneers

  • They seldom require any removal of tooth structure.
  • They do not require impressions or laboratory manufacturing, and are usually less expensive than porcelain veneers.
  • They can sometimes be removed without damage being done to a tooth. This can enable further treatment options if the person’s expectations are not met.
  • They can be repaired.
  • As long as a dentist looks after their care, direct laminate veneers may last for many years.

Disadvantages of direct laminate veneers

  • They are not as strong as porcelain veneers and may chip or break if the bite is incorrect.
  • They required more maintenance than porcelain veneers.