Many people have cosmetic flaws that keep them from enjoying the full potential of their smile. Whether a smile is marred by dental stains, chips, cracks, or minor alignment problems, porcelain veneers may be the best way to enhance the smile. Porcelain veneers are thin ceramic shells that bond to the front of the teeth to mask a full range of aesthetic blemishes.
Porcelain veneers are a fast way to dramatically improve the appearance of the smile. Going in for porcelain veneers treatment, patients should be aware that it may take some time for them to adjust to their veneers. Just like any other dental prosthetic, porcelain veneers will change not just how the teeth look, but also how they feel.
Dr. Neil L. Starr prepares patients for this adjustment period, and offers tips for adjusting to porcelain veneers prior to treatment at our Washington, DC dental practice.
Is the Adjustment Period Uncomfortable?
It will take some time for patients to get used to how porcelain veneers feel on the teeth. In addition, porcelain veneers treatment requires the removal of a small amount of natural tooth enamel. This can also make the teeth feel slightly different.
However, most patients do not report any significant discomfort as they adjust to their veneers. Instead, the smile will probably just feel a little strange.
While a patient adjusts, they may notice:
- Increased tooth sensitivity
- The bite feels “off”
- The teeth feel like they are a different size or shape
- Slight speech impediment
How Long Does the Adjustment Period Last?
Fortunately, it usually does not take very long for patients to adjust to their porcelain veneers. In most cases, patients stop noticing any issues within a week or two. After the adjustment period is over, porcelain veneers should feel like a natural part of the smile.
Tips for Adjusting to Porcelain Veneers
Although the porcelain veneers adjustment period is relatively short, it is important that patients feel as comfortable as possible with their new veneers in place.
The following tips can help patients ease through the adjustment period, while protecting the integrity of their new veneers:
- Avoid foods that are hard or crunchy
- Refrain from eating sticky, chewy foods
- Reduce sensitivity by staying away from foods and beverages that are extreme in temperature
- Maintain regular oral hygiene habits, such as brushing and flossing
- If a speech impediment develops, continually practice the words or sounds that are causing an issue
In most cases, porcelain veneers should hardly be noticeable within a couple of weeks of treatment. If issues persist beyond this timeframe, patients can discuss their concerns with Dr. Starr. If necessary, Dr. Starr can make minor adjustments to porcelain veneers so that they fit more comfortably.
Porcelain veneers can transform your smile. If you are interested in learning more about porcelain veneers treatment, contact us at your earliest convenience. You can also call (202) 293-7177 to set up a personal consultation with Dr. Neil L. Starr.