6 Tips for Living with New Dental Veneers

Once you finally have your brand new dental veneers, it is important to take good care of them. Here are some tips to help you make the most out of your new dental veneers and keep your smile looking its very best.

Tips for life with new dental veneers

1. There may be some temporary sensitivity

Some patients complain of tooth sensitivity directly after their dental veneers procedure. It is important to understand that temporary sensitivity is completely normal and nothing to worry about. During the procedure, tooth enamel is reduced to make room for the veneers. Thinner teeth are more susceptible to sensitivity. This sensitivity is normal and should recede completely after a few days.

2. Treat dental veneers like natural teeth

It is not necessary to go overboard with dental maintenance to keep veneers healthy and white. Treat dental veneers like they are natural teeth by maintaining routine dental hygiene. The best way to take care of the veneers is to brush twice a day, floss regularly and use a fluoride mouthwash to fight decay.

3. Buy a better toothbrush

The correct toothbrush makes a big difference when it comes to taking proper care of dental veneers. In many cases, hard bristles will dull the shine and polish of the veneers. In some severe cases, excessive brushing with hard bristles can even scratch them.

Dental veneers are strong, but any damage on them will not be fixed without replacing the entire veneer. The best way to avoid scratching or damaging the dental veneers is to buy a soft-bristled toothbrush and learning to brush the proper way.

4. Stop grinding your teeth

Many people grind their teeth while sleeping. This is damaging to the teeth in general, but it is especially dangerous for dental veneers. Grinding can wear down the veneers and cause damage to their structure and placement. To protect the veneers from damage during the night, purchase a mouthguard. Custom mouthguards can be made by your dentist to achieve an even better fit for a patient’s mouth.

5. Revisit the dentist

Always consult the expert. Schedule follow-up appointments and checkups with your dentist to ensure that the dental veneers will be taken care of by someone familiar with exactly how they should look. A dentist will also be able to advise on preventative measures to avert any damage and suggest treatments or lifestyle changes to make sure that the dental veneers last as long as possible.

6. Avoid damaging substances

Another important thing to remember is that if something can damage natural teeth, it can damage dental veneers. Veneers are subject to normal decay, and there are several things to avoid to maintain the appearance of dental veneers. Those things include hard or sticky foods like candy or foods that stain teeth such as coffee, wine and dark juices.

Bottom line

A dental veneer procedure is only the first step in investing in your dental health. Take good care of your veneers to make sure the investment pays off.

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How to Prepare for the Dental Veneer Procedure

Like any medical procedure, there are certain steps you should take when preparing for a dental veneer procedure.

Veneers are a popular cosmetic option for approving the mouth’s appearance. They are commonly used to correct discolored, chipped and/or oddly shaped teeth, as well as reduce the size of a tooth gap.

Chances are that if you are preparing for the dental veneer procedure, you already know why it is being done. If not, make sure you ask more questions because this process is permanent.

What to expect

The procedure itself involves removing a small layer of enamel from the front of the tooth. Once this is accomplished, the veneer is cemented on. The actual veneer is custom made to fit your tooth and match the color of your other teeth.

While snap-ons only require one visit, due to the fact that they are not custom fitted, ceramic and porcelain take two visits. While the expediency of snap-ons may sound attractive, make sure they are the right choice for other reasons. The difference in lifespan is significant. Snap-ons may need to be replaced in only five years, while porcelain can last past 10 or 15 if properly cared for.

At the first visit, the doctor will take X-rays, and a small layer of the tooth enamel will be shaved, approximately 0.5 mm. An impression or mold of the tooth is taken and sent to the lab where they will custom make the veneer.

At the second visit, approximately one to two weeks later, the dentist checks the fit of the veneer and once satisfied, cements them in place. An ultraviolet light is then used to harden the cement and secure the veneers.

A follow-up visit is often scheduled to make sure the fit is proper and no unidentified problems emerge.

Before you arrive

Do your research before the first visit. Know the options and if veneers do, in fact, correct the problem. Decide what material is best and come prepared with questions.

Make sure the dentist is familiar with the complete medical background. Certain medical conditions may affect the results or have reactions to any medication prescribed. Always be honest and transparent with medical providers. This includes anxiety. The staff is there to assist and make each and every patient as comfortable as possible.

If you are a smoker, stop. Smoking can damage dental work. Veneers can correct the discoloration and stains caused by smoking. Because dental porcelain is impervious to stains, smoking will not stain them. However, it can stain the material used to attach the veneer. This creates pearly white veneers framed in a yellow-brownish tinge.

Between visits

Tooth sensitivity is caused by the erosion of enamel. Between the first and second visit, patients will experience sensitivity. Prepare the cupboard for oral comfort. Since tooth sensitivity is felt from hot or cold foods, stick to room temperature foods for the week between visits.

Once placed, tooth sensitivity should decrease or go away. If it persists longer than a week or two after having the veneers placed, call the dentist to let them know.

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Slight Tooth Sensitivity

The dentist must remove some of the enamel to place veneers on the teeth. The enamel is taken off the surface, making the teeth slightly sensitive following the placement of the veneers. People are more likely to experience the sensitivity when enjoying hot or cold foods/beverages.

Irregularities in Color

There is the potential for the veneers to not be the perfect match for the color of the adjacent teeth. Certain dental veneers experience discoloration or staining along their edges. Such discoloration and staining are especially common when the dentist seals the veneers with excess moisture. It is not possible to change the color of dental veneers after attachment.

A Response From the Gum Tissues

The gum tissues might take some time to adjust to the newly-placed veneers. There will likely be some minor inflammation and/or discomfort in the gums. The dentist will take a closer look at any remaining gum tissue inflammation during the post-operative check-up.

General Discomfort

The dental veneer placement procedure has the potential to cause some discomfort. There will be minimal to no pain during and after the procedure. If you are particularly sensitive, take an over the counter medication to treat your pain.

A Higher Risk of Trauma

Those who choose veneers have a slightly elevated risk of trauma. The procedure requires the removal of some tooth enamel to allow the veneer to firmly connect. The tooth is that much more sensitive. It is even possible for the pulp within the tooth to die. In some cases, it makes more sense to have the tooth crowned rather than deal with heightened sensitivity and possible damage to the pulp.

Possible Issues With Placement

It is possible for the teeth to have issues with decay or chipping along the outer portion of the veneers. Other problems can include rough-edged veneers and overhanging veneers. Gum irritation is also possible. Aligning veneer margins with the chewing edges has the potential to chip the veneers. However, removing too little of the surface can cause the veneers to look too thick.

Do not let These Possible Side Effects Detract You From Dental Veneers

Though the issues raised in this article detail the worst possible side effects of dental veneers, the benefits outweigh the risks. By choosing this thin ceramic coating positioned along the outer portion of your teeth, you will have the lovely bright smile you have been hoping for. Your veneers will remedy all issues related to color, shape, size and length. Your dental veneers will likely prove functional and visually pleasing for at least the next 5 to 10 years.

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