At Chisholm Trail Smile Center in Duncan, OK, Dr. Matthew L. Bridges provides both porcelain and composite veneers to help patients achieve a beautifully balanced smile.
Improve the Aesthetics of Your Smile with Cosmetic Veneers
Veneers are thin, tooth-colored restorations that camouflage cosmetic imperfections. Teeth that are chipped, cracked, misshapen, or discolored can be treated with veneers for an aesthetically-pleasing result. Dr. Matthew L. Bridges offers both porcelain veneers and composite veneers at Chisholm Trail Smile Center in Duncan, OK. Treatments in cosmetic dentistry can dramatically improve the appearance of your smile, giving you a boost in confidence.
What are Veneers?
Veneers are frequently placed whenever patients wish to aesthetically improve their smile. Crafted from a number of materials, veneers are super thin, tooth-colored restorations that are attached to the front surfaces of your teeth. Custom made for each patient, veneers produce a beautiful and lifelike appearance.
Types of Veneers
The treatment you receive will depend on your specific situation. Dr. Bridges will talk with you about your aesthetic concerns, and perform a full assessment to determine your options. The two types of veneers offered at Chisholm Trail Smile Center include:
Composite Resin: Sometimes called dental bonding, composite veneers are the most cost-effective option. Cosmetic flaws can be concealed with the use of composite resin, a malleable dental material that is color-matched to your natural teeth. Many patients choose composite veneers because of their affordability. Another advantage is that composite bonding can be reversed if necessary, causing no damage to the tooth enamel.
Porcelain: Crafted from high-quality ceramic, porcelain veneers are costlier than their composite resin counterparts. Although they are long-lasting, they require the reduction of tooth enamel on the front surfaces of your teeth. For this reason, porcelain veneers are not typically reversible.
Am I a Candidate for Veneers?
Veneers are a cosmetic treatment. The primary objective is to improve the aesthetics of your smile. Veneers do not address issues regarding the health and function of your teeth. Therefore, any serious dental problems, such as tooth decay, periodontal disease, or severe bruxism (teeth grinding) should be treated before pursuing cosmetic procedures.
The only way to know for sure if you are a candidate for veneers is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Bridges. However, if you have healthy teeth and gums, and simply want to improve the appearance of your smile, veneers could be the solution for you. Veneers can mask these types of aesthetic flaws:
Spacing or Gaps Between Teeth
Slightly Crooked Teeth
Tooth contouring is a procedure that is commonly combined with veneers. Sometimes referred to as enameloplasty, tooth contouring sculpts the natural structure of your tooth, changing the shape or the length as necessary. A fairly straightforward procedure, tooth contouring can be completed in a matter of minutes at our office. Using special dental instruments, Dr. Bridges will carefully reshape and polish your tooth, smoothing out any rough edges.
Tooth contouring is an excellent way to address minor cosmetic imperfections. However, if further corrections are desired, veneers may be necessary to achieve the desired result.