Porcelain Veneers in Lincoln, NE
Have you ever wondered if a Hollywood-style teeth was possible for your own smile? Do you worry that cracks, chips, and stubborn stains are noticeable to casual observers? Did chips and cracks appear on your teeth due to a recent accident and you’re unsure what to do? Thanks to the advantages and beauty of porcelain veneers, patients can cover up those surface imperfections, as well as enlighten their smile.
What Can Porcelain Veneers Fix?
Porcelain veneers are surprisingly versatile with their ability to cover up a variety of cosmetic issues. Porcelain veneers can solve:
- Stains and discoloration
- Uneven spacing
- Misalignment or crooked teeth
- Chips, cracks, and broken teeth
How Do Porcelain Veneers Work?
Porcelain veneers are thin shells that are sculpted in a dental laboratory. Here at Family and Implant Dentistry we have an on-call lab technician who can come in and accurately assess the size and shape of veneers you need to reach your dream smile.
Before applying the veneers, a sliver of enamel will be removed from the surface of your teeth in order to make room for the veneer itself. This way, it will fit comfortably on the surface of your tooth without catching on your lips. Also, this process is painless. Once the veneers are applied, light passes through the veneer and forms a brilliant sheen.
Veneers vs Crowns
Veneers and crowns are quite different: veneers are fixed to the front of the teeth, while crowns encompass a tooth so that none of the original tooth is visible. In addition, veneers are not used for the molars/pre-molars, whereas crowns can be made to cover any tooth (though, most often used for the molars).
A veneer can cover up surface flaws on the front surfaces of teeth, but heavily damaged teeth would benefit more from a crown restoration. Veneers can shape the teeth into a more pleasing appearance, whereas crowns can mimic a real tooth and protect it from further damage.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long do veneers last?
With proper care and biannual visits to our Lincoln dental office, porcelain veneers can still look great after 20 years. To maximize your results, we recommend avoiding foods that can stain, chip, or discolor the veneers. You’ll also want to brush your teeth twice a day, floss daily, and rinse between meals.
Regular visits to Family And Implant Dentistry, in addition to an excellent oral hygiene routine, will ensure your veneers, gums, and natural teeth are in the best of health and improve the longevity of your stunning smile.
Is the veneers procedure painful?
The porcelain veneers procedure is completely pain-free. If you prefer, Dr. Hoffman can numb the area so you won’t feel a thing. After you receive your new veneers, your teeth and gums may feel sensitive for a few days.
Any discomfort can be relieved with over-the-counter pain medications such as Ibuprofen or by applying a cold compress.
Can porcelain veneers fall off?
If your dentist doesn’t properly apply the veneers, they can slide off. With normal wear, the veneers may come off as well. That’s why choosing a highly trusted dentist, such as Dr. Hoffman, will ensure they’re properly applied.
A regular oral hygiene routine, in addition to scheduling biannual appointments at our Prescott Valley location, will ensure your veneers are intact and in their best shape. If a veneer falls off, be sure to keep it safe in a container and contact our office immediately by calling (402) 486-0825.
We may be able to re-adhere your veneer, or provide a new one. It’s important to avoid trying to fix it on your own as this may damage the surface of the veneer, or your teeth or gums.
What are the care instructions for porcelain veneers?
After receiving your new smile, you’ll want to follow a few guidelines to ensure the longevity of your new pearly whites. These include:
- Follow a regular oral hygiene routine by brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing daily, and rinsing between meals
- Schedule biannual visits at our Prescott Valley location
- Avoid biting into apples, carrots, or anything that might damage your veneers
- Refrain from biting into hard candies
- Stay away from bones when eating foods like chicken wings or chicken legs.
- Wear a bite guard if you grind your teeth
Avoid foods and beverages that might stain your veneers such as coffee, tea, wine, berries, and certain sodas.
Contact Us About Your Veneer Smiles
Chips, cracks, and discoloration in your smile is only temporary, and can be masked thanks to porcelain veneers with Dr. Hoffman. Come see us in Lincoln, NE and schedule a consultation to discover if you qualify for this treatment. We are also available to answer your questions!