What to Expect While Adjusting to Your New Veneers

By drparr on February 13, 2019

Inside view of mouth with veneer hovering near front incisor  Porcelain veneers are a great way to enhance your smile. The cosmetic treatment requires no recovery time and can address misshapen, worn, or discolored teeth.

At the Smile Center, Drs. Scott Parr and Tara Frey offer porcelain veneers, along with several other cosmetic and restorative treatment options, at our Virginia Beach, VA practice.

Porcelain veneers require minimal adjustment time. The veneers closely match the look and feel of your natural teeth. Here, we offer tips to help you adjust to your new porcelain veneers.

Waiting for Your New Veneers

While your custom veneers are being fabricated, you will wear temporary veneers. These will protect the teeth, but you may experience an adjustment period to the temporary veneers.

Because veneer treatment requires the removal of small amounts of enamel, you may notice increased sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures in your mouth. Avoiding hot tea and ice cream until you fully adjust to these changes can help you avoid discomfort.

During this time, you will want to eat softer foods, and avoid biting into anything tough, so the temporary veneers stay in place.

Adjusting to the Feel of Your Custom Veneers

After your veneers are placed, you may notice a slightly different sensation when running the tip of your tongue over the front of your teeth. This temporary change in sensation will be less noticeable in the days and weeks following your veneer treatment.

Eating with Your Veneers

While it may feel strange to eat during the initial adjustment period, it is fine to eat your regular foods once your custom veneers are in place. During the first two weeks, you may want to eat softer foods while you get used to your new veneers.

Once you become accustomed to your veneers, and you start eating normally again, you will want to take care not to bite into anything overly hard or tough. For the most part, this refers to inedible items such as the fingernails, or avoiding bad habits like opening cans with your teeth.

Talking with Your Veneers

Most patients find that speech and other oral functions feel completely normal after two weeks. If you find that you lisp or have difficulty making certain sounds, practice them until you can speak normally with your veneers.

Tips for Protecting Your Veneers

The most important thing to remember about your new veneers is that they should be treated with the same care and consideration as your natural teeth.

Veneers are designed to be stain-resistant, but they are not stain-proof. Try cutting back on coffee, tea, and other staining drinks to preserve the appearance of your new prosthetics.

Also, avoid biting hard objects and practice good oral health habits.

Learn How Porcelain Veneers Can Improve Your Smile

Dr. Parr opened our clinic in 1989. Under our skilled care, you can enjoy the benefits of a beautiful smile in as few as two visits. Porcelain veneers require no recovery time and little to no adjustment time.

To learn more about the quick turnaround time offered by porcelain veneers, contact our office online or call (757) 473-8482.

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