Porcelain Veneers in Lincoln, NE
Achieve a Stunning Smile
Do you worry that cracks, chips, or stubborn stains on your teeth are noticeable to friends and family? Do you want to quickly improve and restore your smile? With porcelain veneers, you can do just that.
At Family and Implant Dentistry, Dr. Derek Hoffman and our skilled dental team provide durable, custom-made veneers to patients looking to take pride in their smiles again.
What Are Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers are thin shells that are affixed to the teeth to conceal minor cosmetic imperfections. They’re personalized to match the shape, size, and color of your natural teeth for a seamless blend.
These stain-resistant restorations can last between 10 and 30 years before needing to be replaced. Veneers don’t require special care—simply practice your normal oral hygiene routine to ensure they enhance your smile for years to come.
Benefits of Porcelain Veneers
Veneers come with a host of benefits, making them a popular cosmetic dental treatment. These benefits include:
- Durability: With proper care, veneers could last up to 30 years. They’ll also be able to withstand the impact of your daily activities.
- Stain-Resistant: Unlike natural teeth, the color of veneers won’t fade over time. This also means if you want a teeth whitening treatment, you’ll need to get it before receiving veneers.
- Natural Appearance: Dr. Hoffman will customize your veneers to match the shape, size, and color of your natural teeth. They’re virtually impossible to tell apart from the rest of your smile
- Low Maintenance: Veneers don’t require extra care. Brushing and flossing twice a day combined with biannual visits to our Lincoln office can help keep your veneers and oral health in great condition.
What Can Porcelain Veneers Fix?
Dr. Hoffman may recommend porcelain veneers to patients as a remedy for:
- Stains and discoloration
- Uneven spacing
- Misalignment or crooked teeth
- Chips, cracks, and broken teeth
Porcelain veneers have worked for many patients in the past, but not everyone is an ideal candidate. Dr. Hoffman will determine if veneers are the best treatment for you during your initial consultation. He’ll also discuss your other options if necessary.
How Do Porcelain Veneers Work?
The application process is painless and can be completed in as few as two visits to our Lincoln dental office. Porcelain veneers are sculpted in a dental laboratory. At Family and Implant Dentistry, we have an on-call lab technician who can accurately assess the size and shape of the veneers you need to reach your dream smile.
Before applying the veneers, Dr. Hoffman will remove a sliver of enamel from the surface of your teeth in order to make room for the veneer. This way, it will fit comfortably on the surface of your tooth for a natural appearance.
We’ll then attach the veneer using a dental-grade adhesive bonding agent and pass light through the shell to create a brilliant sheen. You’re then ready to show off your beautiful new smile!
Care Instructions for Porcelain Veneers
After receiving your new smile, you’ll want to follow a few guidelines to ensure the longevity of your veneers:
- Follow a regular oral hygiene routine by brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing daily, and rinsing between meals
- Schedule biannual visits at our Lincoln dental office
- Avoid biting into apples, carrots, or anything that might damage your veneers
- Refrain from biting into hard candies
- Wear a bite guard if you grind your teeth
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 10 to 30 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 receiving porcelain veneers painful?
The porcelain veneers procedure is completely pain-free. If you prefer, Dr. Hoffman can numb the area with a local anesthetic 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 or a cold compress.
Can porcelain veneers fall off?
In some cases, porcelain veneers can fall off. This could be due to an accident, eating tough food, or improper bonding during the procedure. No matter the reason, if a veneer falls off, be sure to keep it safe in a container and contact our Lincoln office immediately at (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, your teeth, or gums.
What is the difference between porcelain veneers and dental crowns?
Veneers and crowns are quite different: veneers are fixed to the front of the teeth, while crowns are placed over the entire tooth. In addition, veneers are not used for the molars/pre-molars, whereas crowns can be made to cover any tooth (though, they’re most often used for molars).
A veneer can cover up surface flaws on the front surfaces of teeth, but heavily damaged teeth may 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. Dr. Hoffman will determine which is best for you at your initial consultation.
Schedule Your Appointment With Dr. Hoffman
Chips, cracks, or discoloration in your smile can be instantly improved with porcelain veneers. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Hoffman, contact our Lincoln office at (402) 486-0825. You can also fill out a contact form and a team member will get back to you shortly. We look forward to helping you achieve the smile you deserve!