Adjusting to Your Porcelain Veneers
By Dr. David Wyse on February 17, 2019
People who suffer from aesthetic flaws that impact their smile can benefit from getting porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers are a versatile cosmetic dentistry solution able to treat multiple problems. An entire smile makeover may be accomplished through the use of porcelain veneers alone. Dr. Jay W. Chrisman and Dr. David D. Wyse have been able to enhance the smiles of countless patients in the Bloomington, IL area thanks to porcelain veneers.
Patients will experience a few temporary side effects after getting veneers placed. These can take a little bit of getting used to. Let’s consider why these side effects occur and what can be done about them.
Why Porcelain Veneers May Have an Adjustment Period
To understand why adjusting to porcelain veneers may take a little time, it’s important to consider the process for placing porcelain veneers.
To place a porcelain veneer, a little bit of the enamel from the front of a tooth must first be removed. An impression is then taken of the tooth being treated so a custom veneer can be created. The finished veneer is then adhered into place for proper fit.
Since a new bit of dental ceramic is placed over part of the tooth, a patient’s mouth can feel a little different with new veneers in place. Rest assured that this is both normal and only temporary.
Common Issues Patients Experience
Some common issues patients experience while adjusting to their veneers include:
- Tooth Sensitivity - The removal of some enamel can leave the tooth feeling more exposed, and hence more sensitive to pressure and temperature.
- Changes in Mouth Feel - Since the veneer is placed onto your natural tooth structure, you might initially notice a different overall feel in your mouth with your veneer in place.
- Speech Issues - For some patients with veneers, it can take a little bit of time getting used to speaking. This is particularly true if the veneers have altered the spacing and alignment of the front teeth.
How Long Does It Take to Adjust?
Thankfully, the above issues only last about a week or so. Patients should notice daily improvements in comfort and sensitivity. Eventually, the porcelain veneers feel like a normal part of your smile.
Tips for Adjusting to Your Veneers
To help you get used to your veneers quicker, consider the following tips:
- Start Off with Soft Foods - To reduce pressure on your teeth, stick with soft foods in the first days after getting porcelain veneers. Save crunchy and tough foods for after you’re used to them.
- Avoid Hot and Cold Foods and Drinks - Hot and cold temperatures can trigger tooth sensitivity as well as pressure. Consider having lukewarm or room temperature foods and drinks after you have porcelain veneers placed.
- Use a Toothpaste for Sensitive Teeth - To avoid discomfort while cleaning your teeth, pick up a toothpaste made for people with sensitive teeth. This can make a major difference in your oral hygiene regimen after getting your veneers.
What If These Problems Persist?
If your initial issues with your new porcelain veneers do not improve or wind up getting worse, it’s important that you speak with your dentist as soon as possible. Professional attention and treatment is the ideal option for such problems.
Contact Our Team of Cosmetic Dentists
For more information about porcelain veneers and why they may be an ideal option for you, be sure to contact our experienced cosmetic and restorative dentists. The team at Chrisman & Wyse is here to help. You can reach us by phone at (309) 663-6393.
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