Tips to Adjust to Your Porcelain Veneers
By Kirk Kimmerling D.D.S. on April 22, 2019
If you have chipped, cracked, stained, or otherwise flawed teeth, Verde Pointe Dental Associates can help. We offer numerous smile makeover treatments, including porcelain veneers, a versatile cosmetic dentistry solution. Countless visitor to our Marietta, GA practice have benefited from having porcelain veneers placed.
After getting porcelain veneers, patients can expect a brief period of adjustment. Dr. Kirk Kimmerling and Dr. Garrick McGrath would like to discuss why this happens and offer some advice on how to deal with these temporary side effects.
Why You May Need Time to Adjust
When a porcelain veneer is place, a small amount of the tooth enamel is removed in order to accommodate it. When this happens, it exposes more of the internal structure of a tooth which is meant to remain covered. This leads many patients to experience tooth sensitivity and other issues after getting their porcelain veneers.
Common Issues Patients Experienced
The most common porcelain veneer issues patients have reported at our Marietta dental care center include:
- Sensitive Teeth - As noted above, the removal of tooth enamel can lead a person’s teeth to be more acutely sensitive to temperature and pressure.
- Changes in the Feel of the Mouth - Since porcelain veneers are add-ons to a tooth in some ways, it can alter way that your mouth feels. It can feel a little funny for a few days, but you’ll get used to the change quickly.
- Problems Speaking - Since your mouth feels a little different, it should come as no surprise that you may experience speech impediments or similar problems as part of this adjustment period.
How Long Does This Adjustment Period Last?
For most patients, the adjustment period is relatively brief, lasting a week to two weeks, give or take.
The issues above may be minor, but they are worth noting. Thankfully we have some tips to make the process easier on you.
Eat Soft Foods at First
Crispy, crunchy, and tough foods will likely give you problems immediately after getting porcelain veneers. For that reach, stick with soft foods that are easy to bite into and chew. Slowly return to harder foods at your own pace.
Avoid Hot or Cold Food Items
Hot and cold temperatures will lead to sharp bouts of tooth sensitivity. To avoid the discomfort, stick with lukewarm or room temperature food items and beverages until you have fully adjusted to your porcelain veneers.
Use a Toothpaste for Sensitive Teeth
You should brush and floss like you normally do when you have porcelain veneers in place. To help avoid discomfort with your oral hygiene routine, be sure to use a toothpaste for sensitive teeth. It will make a major difference.
Attend All Follow-up Visits for Proper After care
There will be a few follow-up visits at our Marietta dental center to monitor your recovery progress. Be sure to come to all of these follow-up visits as scheduled. We’ll be able to address questions and concerns as they arise.
What If I Still Have Issues with My Veneers?
If it’s been more than a week or so and you notice no improvements, you can always discuss these matters with us. We will be more than happy to address the concerns and help you have the healthy and beautiful smile you deserve.
Learn More About Porcelain Veneers
To learn more about porcelain veneers and why they may be a great option for you to consider, be sure to contact an experienced cosmetic and restorative dentist. The team at Verde Pointe Dental Associates is here to help. You can reach our practice by phone at (770) 423-4900.
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