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Adjusting to Your New Life With Dental Veneers
After getting dental veneers, you will want to have a plan for the next several days and weeks. Veneers are sometimes known as “instant orthodontics” because they can drastically reshape and whiten your teeth. It is very rare to experience side effects from dental veneers. However, it is possible that you will experience temperature sensitivity or other sensitivity. The good news is that there are ways of dealing with these effects.
Cause of tooth sensitivity
It is good for patients to understand why a period of time to adjust may be necessary. When the dentist removes the enamel to place the dental veneers, the tooth can be more sensitive. The procedure itself is usually not painful. However, the patient may feel more sensitive to cold or hot temperatures. But the patient’s mouth will adjust to the new veneers over time.
The first days and weeks
Even after removing some of the tooth’s enamel, the veneers can still be thicker than the natural teeth. Many times, the veneers will be wider or longer as well. This allows the veneers to reshape the teeth. After having veneers placed, a patient may notice that they are aware of the veneers. The cheeks and tongue can often feel the shells. However, the patient will get used to the feel of the veneers over the next several days.
In some cases, patients feel more sensitive to cold or hot foods or beverages. Drinking a hot coffee or eating a cold bowl of ice cream can trigger this sensitivity. Depending on the size of the new veneers, some patients may experience slight speech impediments. However, this is the same thing that patients with braces often experience. The palate will need time to adjust to the attachments.
There is no set timeline for how long the adjustments will take. Some patients will not even have side effects. Others may require a few weeks to adjust. No matter what, the dentist will monitor the progress of the patient.
Tips for adjusting to dental veneers
There is no way to predict or prevent side effects. However, there are a few ways that patients can minimize the effects. For example, avoiding hot and cold foods can prevent tooth sensitivity. Using a straw for cold beverages can direct the liquid around the teeth.
It is also a good idea to avoid hard foods for a few weeks. Once the patient has adjusted to the veneers, they will be less likely to accidentally bite down too hard. This can prevent damage to the new veneers. Finally, patients can practice reading out loud to get over any minor speech impediment.
Visit a dentist today
Adjusting to your new dental veneers will only take a few days or weeks. By following a few tips, you can get the most out of your veneers. Your dentist will monitor your progress to help you adjust. If your side effects bother you, you can visit your dentist again.
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