Finding the Best Solution
for Crooked or Misshapen Teeth
Veneers are taking the dental world by storm. Why, you might ask? Along with being the most versatile cosmetic solution, a dental veneer is cost-efficient and impossible to notice. Many who have a veneer report a massive boost in confidence and an overall sense of comfort when speaking, eating, and smiling. The benefits are clear, if they’re the solution for you.
It is important to correct misshapen and crooked teeth to have a beautiful smile that can give you more confidence. It is also important to have straight teeth to have good oral health. Crooked and crowded teeth are hard to keep clean, which may lead to cavities, gum disease, receding gums, bad breath, and an abnormal bite. If you have crooked or misshapen teeth, there are a few options available to you including orthodontics, veneers, or crowns. One of the most desirable options for many adults is veneers. However, a cosmetic evaluation with your dentist can help determine the best course of treatment for you.
What are porcelain veneers?
Porcelain veneers are thin layers of dental material that your dentist will bond onto the front of the tooth. Because porcelain veneers are as thin as contact lenses, your dentist has to remove very little tooth structure before he bonds a veneer. This means most of your healthy tooth structure will remain intact. One of our highly cosmetic dentists will prepare your teeth for veneers and take a special mold of your teeth. We will send the mold to a dental lab to make your custom porcelain veneers.
Your dentist will place temporary veneers while you await the seating of your permanent veneers. After about two weeks, your veneers are created and are ready to be bonded to your teeth. Your dentist will gently remove the temporary veneers, and bond the permanent veneers in place.
Porcelain veneers can be a great option for patients looking to correct minor flaws in their smile. You may have moderate discoloration, crookedness, gaps, or chips that veneers can correct. Here at Lincoln Family Dentistry, our cosmetic dentists strive to give every patient a smile they can be proud of.
The Cost of a Dental Veneer
Like with many dental procedures, the cost of having a veneer placed can vary significantly. Many different factors can contribute to the overall cost of dental veneers. However, this means that it’s very difficult to predict how much a veneer could cost. The best way to get an accurate estimate is to set up a free consultation with one of our cosmetic dentists today. You can do so by using the form at the bottom of this page or by calling us at 402-467-1000.
If you’re concerned about being able to afford this procedure, consider looking into Lincoln Dental Plans. Lincoln Dental Plans is a dental discount plan that entitles patients to several discounted and free services, and we proudly partner with them for your convenience. Click the link to their website to learn more.
What can porcelain veneers do for me?
Below is a list of common flaws veneers can correct:
- Discolored resin composites fillings
- Chipped teeth
- Crooked teeth
- Gaps between teeth
- Stained teeth that cannot be corrected with professional bleaching
Are you a good candidate for porcelain veneers or lumineers?
Healthy tooth structure is necessary for a patient considering veneers. Typically, if a patient has a cosmetic issue, but the tooth structure is sound, they will be a good candidate for porcelain veneers. Other factors to consider are your health, tooth decay, gum disease, oral hygiene, and age. Thankfully, so long as your teeth are healthy, it’s not difficult to qualify for dental veneers. They’re a good solution for people of most ages, and they often save patients from needing more extensive cosmetic procedures.
Here are some questions you can ask yourself to help determine if you meet some of the requirements for veneers:
Do I have good overall systemic health?
We encourage all of our patients to take care of not only their oral health but also the health of their entire body. While this is not an invasive procedure, it is important that the patient is in general good health, especially making sure there is no infection present.
Do I have tooth decay (cavities)?
Minor decay can be addressed while preparing your teeth for veneers. However, it is important to note that large or deep fillings in which a significant portion of the tooth structure has been removed can affect candidacy for a veneer. A tooth with a more significant amount of decay may not provide the support the tooth needs.
How is my oral hygiene routine?
It is important before considering veneers that you first look at your dedication to your oral hygiene routine. Are you visiting the dentist every six months for your cleaning and exam? Are you brushing twice a day, flossing 5+ times a week, and using a fluoride mouth rinse? A good routine is crucial not only for the overall health of all your teeth, but it is of particular importance for teeth that have undergone dental work.
Am I of proper age?
Teeth take many years after they have erupted to mature and take shape to be the set you will have the rest of your life. Our cosmetic dentists believe in waiting until the teeth are mature to place veneers because veneers are custom fit to a patient’s current length, width, and shape of teeth.
The next step is to schedule an appointment with one of our Nebraska Family Dentistry dentists for a free cosmetic evaluation. This evaluation will help you determine which option is best for you in achieving your ultimate smile wish.
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