After Porcelain Veneers
Before you receive your permanent veneers, you will first receive temporary restorations. Care should be taken when cleaning or eating. This area should be brushed gently. Also, do not floss your temporary veneers as this may cause the veneers to come off. Avoid chewy, sticky, or hard foods such as corn on the cob or apples.
If you were given local anesthesia during preparation of your veneers, your lips and cheeks may be numb for a few hours. Be very careful when eating or drinking hot foods and liquids. After the numbness wears off, if your temporaries feel high or your teeth feel like they don’t meet together properly, your bite may need to be adjusted. Please contact our office to schedule an appointment for an adjustment.
For your permanent veneers, remember that it will take some time to adjust to the feel of your new bite. When the bite is altered or the position of the teeth is changed, it takes several days to recognize and become used to the new position of your teeth or to their thickness as normal. If you continue to detect any high spots or problems with your bite, contact us so we can schedule an appointment for an adjustment.
It is normal to experience some hot and cold sensitivity for a short period of time after temporary or permanent veneers are placed. The teeth need some time to heal after removal of tooth structure and will be sensitive in the interim. Your gums may also be sore for a few days. A warm salt-water rinse will help and, if needed, a mild over-the-counter pain medication (Tylenol or Ibuprofen/Motrin) should ease any residual discomfort. Don’t be concerned if your speech is affected for the first few days. You should quickly adjust and be speaking normally. Daily brushing and flossing are critical for the long-term success of your new veneers, as are regular professional cleaning appointments.
Any foods that can chip, crack or damage a natural tooth can do the same to your new veneers. Avoid hard foods such as hard candies, peanut brittle, and salt-water taffy. Also, try to refrain from certain habits such as chewing on ice or pencils and biting your fingernails. If you grind your teeth at night, please let us know so that we can make a custom-fit night guard for you. Adjusting to the look and feel of your new smile will take some time.