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The difference between laminate and dental composite

A beautiful smile is one of the main components of beauty. The appearance of your teeth has a significant impact on your self-esteem and confidence. At the same time, it makes you look more attractive and younger. If you don’t feel good because of the uneven spaces between your teeth, it’s not a problem that can’t be solved.

Laminate and dental composite are among the solutions for the beauty of teeth in dentistry. These are two thin tooth-colored veneers that are attached to the front of your tooth and solve all kinds of problems. The choice of laminate and composite covering method depends on a different set of different criteria. Before choosing a specific type of dental veneer, you should first understand whether laminate or composite is better. Choosing the right criteria is a very important factor in the success of using laminate and composite methods. Stay with us in the rest of this post to learn more about the advantages and disadvantages of each of these methods.

Advantages of dental laminate and composite veneers

Lower cost of composite coating

One of the most important factors affecting the price difference between laminate and composite is choosing the right dental veneer. The main advantage of composite coating over laminate is its lower cost. On average, laminate has a price difference of twice that of composite veneers, which is a big deal for some people because most treatments are not covered by insurance.

Another difference between dental laminate and dental composite is the stages and duration of it.

The duration of laminate and composite coating is also different. Usually, the composite veneer is completely done in one visit session. For this purpose, the dentist covers the teeth with a resin coating, the additional layers of resin are applied and shaved. Then the resin is hardened through intense light and finally the veneers are polished. To have a natural appearance, the resin needs to be polished to resemble a real tooth. There is no need to shave your teeth to perform this treatment.

But dental ceramic laminate needs two to three weeks. First, the dentist cuts a little bit of the enamel and then molds them and sends the molds to the laboratory to make a dental veneer. After two weeks, the veneers are prepared and delivered to the dentist for installation. Now the dentist will attach the laminate cover to your teeth.


Laminate and composite methods are also different from each other in terms of reversibility. It is good to know that the most important advantage of composite coating treatment compared to laminate is its reversibility. Because there is no need to shave your teeth for bonding (composite) and you can remove the veneers from your teeth after a while and use your natural teeth, but because of shaving your teeth in laminate treatment, you can no longer use your natural teeth. profit In fact, the dental laminate method (porcelain veneer) is not reversible.

Long life of laminate and composite

Which one do you think is better for you in terms of longevity of laminate and composite? Although the composite coating has many advantages, it cannot be compared with the laminate method in terms of durability. Despite the progress made over the years for the resin material, but the material used in the laminate method is much stronger than the composite resin. It should be noted that laminate has an average resistance of about 10-15 years, although by observing oral and dental hygiene and following the dentist’s instructions, they can even be used for a longer period of time. Composite veneer tends to last about half the time, that is, something like 5-7 years.

According to the stated content, if you are thinking of placing the coating, it is very important to consider the difference in life span and price of laminate and composite. In fact, while composites may cost half the price of laminate, they only last half the life of laminate.

Complications of laminate and composite

Most dentists agree that the laminate method provides you with the same natural beauty as your original teeth. This cosmetic dentistry method, in terms of quality, has the same transparency as your tooth enamel. Also, due to the high strength of the material and the glaze used after the treatment, the laminate method is very resistant to staining and scratching. Meanwhile, the composite coating method has a higher degree of porosity. Therefore, this coating is at risk of staining. For this reason, in order to prevent the formation of stains by some foods that cause stains in the teeth, it is necessary to have a proper diet. In addition, to have teeth as beautiful as the original teeth, composite veneers must be paid for.

In the laminate method, the patient may be more involved than in the composite method, and often people get extremely tired due to waiting for the veneers to be made in the laboratory. However, dentists are trying to use CAD/CAM technology for fabrication. If you are looking to use the laminate and composite coating method, it is good to know that it is very important to check the different types of technologies available to your dentist.

Types of dental composites and their benefits

There are various types of dental composite veneers, including macrofilled, microfilled, hybrid, nanocomposite, etc., which are briefly explained below:

Macrofilled Composite

Macrofilled composite has particles with dimensions of 10 to 50 micrometers, and the size of the particles has a great impact on the strength of the composite.

Microfilled Composite

In the microfilled method, the dimensions of the particles reach 100 nm. In this method, the durability of the composite is less than the macrofilled method, but the ease of polishing is one of its advantages.

Hybrid Composite

Hybrid or combined method, the dimensions of our particles are between the two previous methods, i.e. something around 10 to 50 micrometers and also up to 40 nanometers. The high filler of fillers leads to an increase in their resistance to abrasion. But the disadvantage of this method is that the beauty of the cover decreases with the passage of time and due to depreciation.


Nanocomposite is one of the new coating methods, the particle size of which is about 20 nanometers. Due to the accumulation of fine particles and the formation of particles with larger dimensions, the resistance to wear, the possibility of polishing and the strength of the composite have increased. Among the stated methods, it is likely that nano composite coating is the best option.

Types of dental laminates and their benefits

Types of tooth laminate cover methods include ceramic, composite, immediate, removable, etc. In the ceramic method, due to the brightness and transparency of the tooth enamel, it has a uniform appearance. This cover is very strong and resistant to shaving, but its price is expensive. Meanwhile, the composite laminate method is cheaper and brings you a beautiful smile by hiding dental defects. Instant laminate flooring is pre-made and cheaper than others, but less durable. The removable laminate cover is also made using hard resin and is completely natural. This method is one of the latest tooth veneer methods that are easy to work with.

If your tooth is completely lost and it cannot be repaired with tooth veneer methods, you should use treatments such as implants.


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