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Which one is better, orthodontics or dental laminates?

which one is better orthodontics or dental laminates

One with malpositioned teeth seeking beautiful teeth and smile design has undoubtedly thought of different methods to solve this problem. Before visiting an orthodontist, most patients think about choosing the best method capable of producing the desired result more quickly. In this stage, they may think about the following questions: Which one should I use, orthodontics or dental laminating? Which one is better, orthodontics or dental laminating? What are the differences between orthodontics and dental laminating? Can dental laminating be an alternative to orthodontics?
The best way to find answers to the above questions is to consult an experienced orthodontist. However, acquiring a rudimentary knowledge of orthodontic methods and dental laminating and their applications can somewhat help you to make a better choice. Here I try to answer such questions and clarify any ambiguity in this regard based on the results of studies conducted by eminent orthodontists.

Orthodontic treatments

Because of low information, people may sometimes confuse dental laminating with orthodontics. Orthodontists argue that each of these two procedures is used to treat special malocclusions. Orthodontics is undoubtedly the first choice for patients with severe malocclusions. Therefore, patients looking for a solution to such problems are recommended to visit an experienced orthodontist. In orthodontic treatments, brackets and aligners apply physical pressure to teeth to push them towards their normal position. Depending on the patient’s conditions, complete orthodontic treatment typically takes from 6 months to 2 years. At the end of the treatment, the patient’s teeth will be naturally aligned and well-positioned without adding any extra material. However, patients sometimes need to use special retainers for a while after the treatment to prevent the recurrence of previous problems. Scientific and technological advances have provided modern orthodontic methods to pass the treatment process more conveniently, such as invisible, fixed, and Damon orthodontics. Orthodontics is the treatment of choice for patients with malpositioned teeth and jaws. Orthodontists argue that dental laminates can only obscure the dental problems of patients who should undergo orthodontic treatments.

orthodontics is better or dental laminate

Dental laminating

Recent studies show that dental laminating is a cosmetic procedure proposed by cosmetic dentists for different purposes. Dental laminates are usually used to restore those teeth that are distinctively smaller than other teeth. Dental laminates are also used for the treatment of abnormal canines. Moreover, dental laminates can be used to restore discolored or deformed teeth. In dental laminating, the dentist trims the enamel surface and then covers it with a thin layer of tooth-colored material produced in specialized dental clinics. This veneer-like layer gives a more beautiful appearance to the patient’s teeth. A dental laminating procedure usually takes one to two weeks, and patients can safely continue their routine diet and eating habits after the treatment.

Disadvantages of dental laminates

As mentioned earlier, dental laminating requires trimming the enamel which can further expose teeth to decay. Dental laminating is considered a temporary treatment, and dental laminates may discolor or chip after a while. Laminated teeth will never look like natural teeth even if they are extensively polished. As a result, the accumulation of microorganisms under dental laminates may cause bleeding gums and gingivitis and destruct the alveolar bone. Patients need to visit a dentist to treat such conditions. Both orthodontics and dental laminating are among the expensive dental treatments, but patients should usually pay more for dental laminates for some unknown reasons. It is noteworthy that trimming the enamel, as a blessing given to humans by God only once, can cause irreparable damages to teeth.

a woman with laminated teeth

Final comparison between orthodontics and dental laminating

It should be noted that orthodontics is a real treatment method to correct and place malpositioned and crooked teeth in their natural position. Orthodontic treatments usually lead to more reliable and long-lasting results as they do not alter the nature of teeth. In contrast, dental laminating is mainly a cosmetic procedure that changes the nature and appearance of teeth. Therefore, patients undergoing dental laminating may be satisfied with the initial results but they may face many problems in the not-too-distant future. You are hence recommended to consult a dentist before choosing any of these methods.

Differences between dental laminating and orthodontics considering the applications of orthodontics

Despite the fact that children account for the majority of patients undergoing orthodontic treatments, adults can also take advantage of such treatments. Orthodontics can easily contribute to the appropriate development of jaws leading to the alignment of permanent teeth in children. The most important difference between orthodontics and dental laminating is that orthodontic treatment can ensure the proper growth and development of permanent teeth, which considerably prevents many dental problems.

Orthodontic treatments can align facial components and eliminate any asymmetry of jaws or the soft tissues affected by jaws. Orthodontic treatments gradually push malpositioned jaws towards their normal position over time correcting any misalignment in the chin, lips, and even nose, establishing a balance between facial components.

  • The main difference between orthodontics and dental laminating is related to the maintenance of oral health. Dental laminating requires enamel trimming leading to the partial loss of the enamel tissue. It should be noted that if dental laminates need to be replaced after several years, the dentist has no choice but to again partially trim the enamel.
  • Laminated teeth will never look like natural teeth even if they are extensively polished. As a result, the accumulation of microorganisms under the dental laminates may cause bleeding gums and gingivitis and destruct the alveolar bone in long term.
  • Orthodontics can fundamentally treat malpositioned or crooked teeth, whereas dental laminating temporarily beautifies teeth and the smile design.
About Dr Abdolreza Jamilian Orthodontist

Dr. Jamilian, an orthodontist, has a specialized fellowship in orthodontic surgery and maxillofacial abnormalities and is a full-time professor in the orthodontics department of the Dentistry School of the Islamic Azad University. He is member of Iranian and European Board of Orthodontics (EBO) and is a member of the Iranian, American and European Orthodontists Association.

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