Surprisingly, not many people know they will need to wear temporary veneers for about two weeks while waiting for their permanent veneers to be made. During this stage of the dental veneer process, you may experience problems you will not have to worry about once you have the final veneers in place. In addition, there are certain restrictions and maintenance issues you may find less than pleasing. However, as long as you keep in mind that this part of the process will be over quickly, you should have no trouble. Here are a few tips to help make the time go by as smoothly as possible.
Communicate with Your Dentist
If the temporary veneers feel uncomfortable in your mouth, do not just assume that they are meant to be that way. Remember that these are meant to look and feel the way permanent veneers will. Talk with the dentist to let him or her know of the problems so he or she can correct them and make sure that the final product is going to feel and look good. Temporary veneers are more easily removed, shaped and adjusted than permanent ones, so fixing the problems now is much easier than waiting and trying to have the permanent ones fixed.
Foods to Avoid
Temporary veneers are not made of the same material as your permanent ones. Your teeth may be more sensitive to hot or cold foods or drinks while wearing them. In addition, they will stain, chip and break more readily. You may not care since you will only have them for two weeks. However, if you have an important meeting or special event you need to look your best at during the temporary stage, you will want to be careful. It is a good idea to avoid the folloing:
- Coffee and tea
- Cigars or cigarettes
- Hard candies
- Tough meats
- Sticky foods like caramel or raisins
If you do eat something that may stain the veneers, be sure to at least rinse your mouth with water as soon as possible.
Temporary veneers may not have any space at all between them. Do not try to force dental floss between any teeth that do not have an obvious space. It will hurt and could possibly pull the veneer off the tooth. It is also best to use a soft-bristled toothbrush for brushing. Do not attempt to use your teeth to cut a thread or tear open plastic bags.
Once you have your permanent veneers in place, you will find they are almost exactly like your own, original teeth. It is only during the two weeks while wearing the temporaries you will have problems. As long as you keep the above tips in mind, you will not have any trouble during the temporary stage. The end result, your beautiful smile, is more than worth two weeks of having to be careful.