A veneer is a thin layer of porcelain bonded to a tooth to improve its appearance. At Homan Family Dentistry, they are custom-made for each patient in a laboratory and tailored to their unique smile. Porcelain is stain-resistant and translucent and looks similar to natural teeth. If you have damaged or flawed teeth or teeth that are stained or discolored, porcelain veneers may be the best option for you.
The Advantages of Dental Veneers
Veneers offer several benefits beyond their aesthetic functions. First, they are stain resistant. This means they can be cleaned easily by brushing and flossing and will not discolor over time. Second, they strengthen the tooth. Veneers protect teeth that are chipped or broken or have small cracks from regular wear and tear.
Finally, veneers are a conservative treatment to improve the appearance of your smile. You do not have to worry about anesthesia or cutting into the gums as you would if you received a crown. They can also be used as an alternative for orthodontic treatment for slightly crooked or gapped teeth.
The Procedure for Dental Veneers
Veneers are thin shells made from porcelain or composite resin that are custom-made to cover the front of the teeth. Before a veneer can be placed, the tooth must be prepared for restoration by removing a small amount of enamel to allow room for the veneer to be placed over the tooth’s surface without crowding it.
Then, an impression will be made and sent to our laboratory, where your custom-made veneer will be fabricated using your unique measurements. Once the veneer is finished, you’ll return to our office to have it placed. The dentist will trim and shape the veneer to ensure it blends with the surrounding teeth. The placement process is quick and painless; you’ll leave our office with a beautiful new smile!
In general, patients can expect their veneers to last between five and fifteen years before they need to be replaced. However, they should maintain regular dental checkups to ensure the veneers stay in good shape throughout that time.
If you’re unhappy with your smile because of stained, uneven or chipped teeth, consider getting porcelain veneers. To learn more about the benefits of veneers, visit Homan Family Dentistry at 11840 NICHOLAS ST., STE. 210, Omaha, NE 68154, or call (402) 498-0400.