Your Lincoln Dentist: Look Younger with Veneers

Can veneers make me look younger?
Your Lincoln dentist answers:

As we age, our teeth naturally darken; the outer layer of enamel becomes more translucent as the inner layer of dentin get darker. This is a normal process of aging. In addition, if our smile also shows extensive wear from grinding, other discolorations from failing dental work, and we have chipped or missing teeth it can also age our appearance. Luckily, however, our cosmetic dentists at Nebraska Family Dentistry offer dental veneers in Lincoln.

We can brighten and restore broken, discolored teeth. In the end, it can take years off of a person’s appearance. Veneers and Lumineers® are both porcelain restorations that can be used to correct discolorations and imperfections, resulting in a youthful appearance.

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How do dental veneers in Lincoln work?

When you come to your appointment for your dental veneers in Lincoln, your dentist will apply them to your tooth by slightly reducing the enamel after which they will bond directly to the tooth’s front. For comparison, dental veneers are about the same thickness as a contact lens, which mean there is minimal drilling that need to be done to the tooth. The veneers procedure is considered minimally-invasive.

Dental veneers in Lincoln are extremely durable and are made of a high-grade porcelain that looks natural. Also it is translucent, which will blend nicely with surrounding teeth. Veneers are stain resistant and will not darken over time.

Dental veneers in Lincoln are a non-reversible procedure and are considered permanent. If you are searching for an office that does dental veneers in Lincoln that can help you create a youthful-looking smile, Lincoln Family Dentistry offers cosmetic dentistry, including veneers.

Lumineers® are similar to veneers, but do not require the tooth to be drilled for placement. They are generally reversible if patients choose to remove them. Because the tooth is not “prepped” the same as it is for veneers, they can make the teeth appear slightly thicker. Thus, giving patients a natural “lip plumping” effect.

How can dental veneers in Lincoln help improve your smile?

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Veneers and Lumineers® can fix the following conditions:

  • Chipped teeth
  • Permanently stained teeth
  • Crowded teeth
  • Misaligned teeth
  • Teeth with gaps
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Commonly Asked Questions About Dental Veneers in Lincoln:

How much do dental veneers in Lincoln cost with insurance?
Your Lincoln dentist answers:

Insurance considers dental veneers a cosmetic treatment and therefore, they typically are not covered. Veneers generally cost around $1100 per tooth in the Lincoln, NE area. At Lincoln Family Dentistry, we offer various payment options for cosmetic cases. As a courtesy for patients doing multiple veneers, we offer professional whitening valued at $450 as a part of this service.

Do dental veneers hurt?
Your Lincoln dentist answers:

The process of getting dental veneers does not hurt. Your Lincoln dentist will administer a local anesthetic to the area(s) being treated, eliminating any sensitivity or discomfort during the procedure. After the anesthetic wears off, you may want to take ibuprofen for a few days.

Post-operative sensitivity is common after dental work is performed. Your teeth may feel hot or cold sensitive for a few days, but eventually any sensitivity will dissipate. Veneers are minimally invasive and very little tooth structure is removed.

Are dental veneers permanent?
Your Lincoln dentist answers:

Porcelain veneers are permanent. This is because the tooth must be drilled slightly to allow for the porcelain veneer to adhere to the tooth’s surface. Only a minimal amount of tooth structure is removed, but your natural tooth will have been permanently altered.

You cannot change your mind and remove porcelain veneers. It is important to discuss your expectations with your dentist before deciding to proceed with dental veneers in Lincoln.

Do dental veneers weaken teeth?
Your Lincoln dentist answers:

Veneers do pose some permanent reduction in the tooth anatomy. For patients with perfectly healthy, beautiful teeth who only wish to correct very slight aspects of the tooth shape, it’s a good idea to be very sure of the decision to move forward with veneers.

For patients who have failing fillings on front teeth with recurrent decay or chipping, veneers can strengthen the teeth. It is a good idea to have a very honest conversation about your expectations with your Lincoln dentist before having treatment performed.

What are the disadvantages of dental veneers?
Your Lincoln dentist answers:

Cost tends to be one of the most common disadvantages of dental veneers. Although veneers only cover the front surface of teeth, the cost is the same as a full-coverage crown. This cost is typically not covered by dental insurance, making it entirely out-of-pocket for patients.

Another disadvantage is that veneers cannot be undone. They have to be redone if patients are unhappy with them or if they break. In most cases, is not possible to repair a broken veneer.

Also, depending upon the shade of your teeth, if you only choose to place veneers on a few teeth, it can result in a mismatched appearance.

Do dental veneers fall out?
Your Lincoln dentist answers:

Veneers should not fall out unless the tooth has sustained trauma such as a fall or biting suddenly on a hard object like a metal fork. If the bond was not strong when the veneer was placed, the veneer could fall off.

If this happens, do not superglue it back into place. Call your dentist and schedule an appointment. If your veneer and tooth are still intact, it may be possible to re-cement your veneer into place.

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