What to Expect While Adjusting to Your New Veneers
Porcelain veneers can mask small cosmetic imperfections like chips and discoloration. One benefit of this treatment option is that there is minimal recovery time and a quick adjustment period after your veneers have been placed.
Dr. Clint Newman offers porcelain veneers in our Nashville, TN practice. Some patients may experience heightened sensitivity in the days or even weeks following the cosmetic treatment. This overview will help you anticipate what to expect while adjusting the placement of your new porcelain veneers.
How Will I Feel after My New Veneers Are Placed?
Placement of your porcelain veneers requires the removal of a small amount (typically less than 1 millimeter) of enamel. This step creates space for your new veneers. Temporary veneers are placed on your teeth for about two weeks while your custom veneers are fabricated.
After the custom porcelain veneers have been placed, you will be free to return to your normal activities. Some patients report needing a few days or a couple of weeks to adjust to the veneers. But rest assured that, over time, your mouth will adjust to the porcelain shells.
The First Few Days
The first sensation you may notice is the presence of the wafer-thin shells on your teeth. You may notice that your tongue and inner cheeks can sense the changes. Fortunately, this is a temporary feeling that will fade over time.
Some patients experience heightened sensitivity to heat and cold for the first few days after treatment. This sensitivity is most noticeable when eating frozen foods like ice cream or drinking hot drinks.
Some patients notice slight impediments to speech in the first few days after treatment. The teeth serve an important function in speech, and any alterations to the size of teeth could temporarily cause minor changes to the ease of speech. The tongue and mouth will naturally adjust to the veneers, and this side effect should subside quickly.
The First Few Weeks
The timeline for adjusting to porcelain veneers varies from patient to patient. If you have concerns about any of these side effects, contact our practice in Nashville. Some patients may need a couple of weeks to adjust to their porcelain veneers.
Tips for Adjusting to Your New Veneers
These simple steps can help reduce any side effects that you are experiencing in the days after your teeth are prepped or the custom porcelain veneers are placed.
- Avoid hot or cold food and drinks
- Avoid crunchy or hard foods
- Use toothpaste for sensitive teeth
- Update your dentist about any side effects that you are experiencing
- Use a straw to bypass your teeth when drinking
- Be patient (most individuals experience some adjustment period after their porcelain veneers are placed)
Contact Our Office Today
Most patients report that the benefits of a more attractive smile far outweigh any temporary side effects after their veneers are placed.
Before, during, and after your new veneers are placed, our friendly staff will answer any questions or concerns you may have. If you are ready to improve your smile, contact our office online or call us in Nashville at (615) 334-0184 or (615) 385-3507.