Veneers are very thin pieces of durable, tooth shaped porcelain that are custom made (for shape and color) by a professional dental laboratory.  They are bonded onto the front of teeth to create a beautiful and attractive smile.

Veneers can completely reshape your teeth and smile.  They can often be alternatives to crowns and the ideal solution in treating many dental conditions.

As with most dental restorations, veneers are not permanent and may someday need replacement.  They are very durable and will last many years, giving you a beautiful long lasting smile.

Reasons for porcelain veneers:

  • Cosmetically, to create a uniform, white, beautiful smile.
  • Crooked teeth.
  • Misshapen teeth.
  • Severely discolored or stained teeth.
  • Teeth that are too small or large.
  • Unwanted or uneven spaces.
  • Worn or chipped teeth.

What does getting porcelain veneers involve?

Getting veneers usually requires two visits to complete the process, with little or no anesthesia required during the procedure.  The teeth are prepared by lightly buffing and shaping the surface to allow for the thickness of the veneer.  A mold or impression of the teeth is taken and a shade (color) will then be chosen by you and the dentist.

On the second visit the teeth will be cleansed with special liquids to achieve a durable bond.  Bonding cement is then placed between the tooth and veneer and a special light beam is used to harden and set the bond.

You will receive care instructions for veneers.  Proper brushing, flossing and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new veneers.

FAQ About Veneers

Veneers are a long-term solution but not a permanent one. The porcelain shell is bonded to a tooth where it stays in place comfortably and can last for 10 years or more with good oral hygiene and regular dentist visits.

At Northwest Dental, we utilize porcelain veneers that typically last up to 10 years on average, but with proper care, they can last for much longer (even 20 years).

Some factors that contribute to a longer porcelain veneer lifespan include basic hygiene like flossing and brushing, wearing a mouthguard if you play a contact sport, wearing a nightguard if you grind your teeth at night, and avoiding extremely hard foods like rock candy or ice, and avoiding smoking.

Veneers have a few disadvantages, all of which can be prevented with proper maintenance and extra care. Each patient is different, and we require that your teeth and gums are healthy to qualify for a porcelain veneer procedure.

  • Sensitivity: Some individuals may experience increased tooth sensitivity after getting veneers. This sensitivity can be particularly noticeable when consuming hot or cold foods and beverages. It may take some time for the teeth to adjust to the presence of veneers.
  • Maintenance: Veneers require ongoing care and maintenance. While they are stain-resistant, they are not entirely stain-proof. Individuals with veneers should avoid certain foods and beverages that could stain them, such as coffee, tea, and red wine. Regular dental check-ups and professional cleanings are also necessary to ensure the longevity of veneers.
  • Potential for Damage: While veneers are durable, they are not indestructible. They can chip or crack, especially if subjected to excessive force or the individual engages in habits like teeth grinding (bruxism) or nail biting.
  • Color Matching: A perfect color match between veneers and natural teeth can be challenging. Over time, natural teeth may change in color due to aging and staining, which can result in a noticeable difference between the veneers and surrounding teeth.

There are more advantages than disadvantages when it comes to veneers. Contact Northwest Dental in Omaha, NE for a consultation to determine if veneer dental treatment is for you and your smile goals.


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