How Long to Adjust to Veneers
By J. Brent Gorrell on November 23, 2018
In terms of versatility and effectiveness, porcelain veneers are one of the best cosmetic dentistry and smile makeover options. Mountain View, CA cosmetic dentist Dr. J. Brent Gorrell has helped enhance many patients’ smiles thanks to porcelain veneers.
When porcelain veneers are placed, dentists first prep a tooth by removing some enamel and then adhere the veneers in place. Since the veneers are a new part of the tooth structure, it can take a bit of time for you to get used to them being in your mouth. Thankfully this process is relatively brief, and there is plenty you can do to make this adjustment period easier. The team at Gorrell Smiles considers some common issues and what you can do about them.
Getting Used to the Feel of Veneers
With your new veneers in place, you may notice your mouth feels a little different. Your biting and chewing may also feel a bit different with your veneers in place. This is perfectly normal for patients to experience, and they get used to the feeling eventually.
When dentists remove some tooth enamel to prep a tooth for veneers, patients tend to experience higher degrees of tooth sensitivity for a short period of time after treatment. This means that hold and cold temperatures can trigger soreness of the treated tooth or teeth.
Since your teeth have been slightly worked on, there’s a chance you may develop a minor speech impediment for a short amount of time. Again, this is normal and part of you adjusting to the veneers in place.
How Long Before I Get Used to Veneers?
For most patients, it takes about two weeks to adjust to porcelain veneers. By the end of that time, your mouth should feel normal again, and your ability to bite, chew, and speak should be fine.
With that in mind, here are a few tips that can help make this adjustment process easier.
Temporarily Altering Your Diet
Since hot and cold temperatures can lead to tooth sensitivity, try to have food and beverages that are lukewarm. Avoiding temperature extremes in the early days after treatment can be especially helpful for comfort.
In addition, consider having foods that are soft and easy to chew at first. This will help take the pressure off your teeth and help you gradually get used to the new feel of veneers in those early days after treatment.
Toothpaste for Sensitive Teeth
In addition to altering your diet temporarily, it’s a good idea to use a toothpaste for sensitive teeth. This will reduce discomfort while you perform normal oral hygiene practices, and will make sure your veneers are well cared for in the first two weeks after they’re placed.
What If I Continue to Have Problems with My Veneers?
If your porcelain veneers are still giving you problems after more than two weeks, be sure to consult with your dentist. During a visit, they can determine what issues you may be facing and determine an ideal way to address these problems.
Learn More About Porcelain Veneers
If you would like to learn more about porcelain veneers and if they are right for you, be sure to contact an experienced cosmetic dentist. The team at Gorrell Smiles is here to help. You can reach our practice by phone at (650) 399-9657.
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