Cosmetic Dentistry – Camino Real Dental

Cosmetic Dentistry

Composite Resin Veneers

Like all veneers, composite resin veneers are used to improve the overall appearance of teeth by changing their shape and color. Composite veneers are used to treat multiple cosmetic dental issues including things like stained teeth, crooked teeth, chipped or cracked teeth or to fill in gaps between existing teeth. 

While other types of veneers can require multiple visits to the dentist and usually involve some drilling or reshaping of existing teeth, composites usually require little to no tooth reduction during the treatment process. The composite material is usually applied to the outer surface of the tooth and molded into shape by the dentist, making it a fairly quick but effective treatment.

While composite veneers don’t tend to last as long as porcelain veneers and don’t have quite the same transformative impact, they can be a great way of transforming a smile for far less of an investment. It’s the best way of fixing minor cosmetic damage to teeth and can be used to fix a wide range of dental issues.

Ask our dentist at Camino Real Dental about composite veneers to enhance your smile. Call us at 210-492-3003 to schedule a consultation.

The Invisalign Treatment Process

Invisalign takes a modern-day approach to straightening your teeth. This treatment uses a series of aligners that are custom made just for you. This method of alignment is known to be comfortable since the aligners are thin and transparent. Daily use of the Invisalign treatment will steadily shift your teeth into the correct position. Before beginning your treatment, you and our dentist together will choose a plan that properly suits your needs. The unique part of Invisalign is that many will not notice you are in the process of aligning your teeth as the aligners are clear and virtually invisible. 

Below you will come across some of the steps our dentist takes throughout the treatment:

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Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are wafer-thin, custom-made shells of tooth-colored materials designed to cover the front surface of teeth to improve your appearance. These shells are bonded to the front of the teeth, changing their color, shape, size or length.

What Type of Problems Do Porcelain Veneers Correct?

  • Teeth that are discolored -- either because of root canal treatment, stains from tetracycline or other drugs, excessive fluoride or the presence of large resin fillings that have discolored the tooth
  • Teeth that are worn down
  • Teeth that are chipped or broken
  • Teeth that are misaligned, uneven or irregularly shaped
  • Teeth with gaps between them 

Porcelain veneers are stronger and more durable than composite resin veneers and last 10 to 15 years, while composite resin veneers last between five and seven years. Porcelain veneers also resist stains better than resin veneers and better mimic the light reflecting properties of natural teeth. As you might assume, porcelain veneers cost significantly more than composite veneers. 

Talk to your dentist at Camino Real Dental about whether porcelain veneers are right for you. Call us at 210-492-3003.