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You may not be aware, but when it comes to changing the shade of your teeth, concealing gaps and hiding cracks, there is a cosmetic dental option that does it all and much more. Laminates!

Attached to the teeth with a simple procedure, these are a great option for people who want a straightforward way to change the appearance of their teeth without undertaking bleaching or other options that can heighten sensitivity.

But, what you may also not be aware of is that, much like oral implants, there are different types of laminates available, and this article will walk you through some of the ones that you are likely to come across in most cosmetic dental surgeries.

Porcelain laminates

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Porcelain laminates, or veneers in London, are considered the gold standard for dental laminates. They are crafted from a thin layer of porcelain, and they are bonded to the front surface of the teeth. They are the most durable and natural-looking option among all laminates.

When you opt for porcelain laminates, the cost is likely to be a bit more than the other types on this list, and there may be a delay between having the initial consultation with your dentist and the laminates being fitted. These laminates have to be created in a laboratory, which can take up to 6 weeks, so patience is a virtue here!

Composite resin laminates

Composite resin laminates are made of a tooth-coloured plastic and glass mixture. They are applied to the tooth’s surface and sculpted to the desired shape. They are cheaper than porcelain laminates and can be done in one visit.

In many ways, they are similar to composite bonding, but as they are sculpted, they are not offered at every dental clinic. It takes a lot of skill to carve a composite laminate, and not all cosmetic dental teams are trained in this area. So, to get the best result, be sure to look around.

Direct resin laminates

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Direct resin laminates, also known as direct composite laminates, are placed in one appointment. They are applied directly to the tooth surface, shaped, and cured with a light. They are less durable than porcelain options, but they are more affordable and they do not have the waiting time that is associated with porcelain laminates. They can last up to 5 years with correct aftercare.

No-prep laminates

No-prep laminates are a type of porcelain laminate that requires minimal tooth preparation. They are used for minor cosmetic imperfections and are similar to direct resin laminates. However, they are not available at every dental clinic, so if you feel that they are the right cosmetic option for you, be sure to hunt around for a cosmetic dental team who can apply them correctly.


Lumineers are a type of porcelain laminate that are ultra-thin and require minimal tooth preparation, so there will be no extensive sanding of the tooth to sit through. They are a popular option for people who want a quick, painless, and reversible solution for cosmetic dental issues such as chips, cracks, discolouration and staining.

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