13 Jul When to Get Other Treatments Before Veneers
Porcelain veneers are a great cosmetic dental choice to improve your smile! Though the prospect of getting dental veneers is exciting, some patients feel a little overwhelmed. It’s only natural since the process of getting dental veneers is new and is a more involved procedure than a routine check-up or filling.
Here is everything you must know to help you feel ready for your upcoming veneer procedure.
Your Initial Veneer Consultation
Once you decide to get porcelain veneers, your first step is to contact a an experienced dentist and schedule a consultation. During this consultation, experts will thoroughly examine the state of your teeth. They will also take a few X-rays and other digital images to determine if you are a good candidate for dental veneers. You will have time to discuss things like your smile goals and ask any additional questions you may have regarding the procedure.
Treatments You May Need Before Getting Dental Veneers
Before you proceed with the procedure, patients may require some additional dental care prior to getting their dental veneers. If your oral health is good and your teeth don’t show decay, a routine deep cleaning before getting starting treatment is all you need. However, if you have any underlying oral health issues, like a toothache, gum disease, or decay, the dentist will treat these problems before they proceed with dental veneers. It’s important to have your teeth as healthy as possible before getting your dental veneers. Once the process of getting your veneers is started, you will have additional restrictions while you have your temporary veneers and your permanent veneers are prepared. You won’t be able to eat hard food while wearing your temporary veneers. It will be important to think about and prepare your meals accordingly.
What to Expect During the Procedure?
In your first appointment, professionals will prepare your teeth and place temporary veneers. The teeth prep process generally involves:
- Cleaning the surface of your teeth.
- Removing some enamel from each tooth.
- Getting impressions of your prepped teeth.
While a dental lab creates your permanent veneers, you will be provided with temporary veneers to wear. After a few weeks, your permanent veneers will be shipped to your practitioner by the dental lab.
During your second appointment, the dentist will remove your temporary veneers and your prepped teeth will be etched for maximum adhesion. After this, your permanent veneers will be placed. The dentist will ensure your new veneers look great and fit well. They will also schedule a follow-up appointment for you though you can always feel free to call earlier if your dental veneers don’t feel right.
Healing after Veneers
It is usual for people to feel slight discomfort after their first appointment. Your teeth might feel slightly sensitive, and your mouth sore or tender. Over-the-counter pain relievers should help your discomfort in check. Your dentist will provide you with aftercare instructions that should be followed.
Once your dental veneers are placed, you might feel sensitivity as your mouth adjusts to the new set. Remember that you will also have to physically adjust to the feeling of porcelain veneers in your mouth, which might take a few weeks. Most patients we treat get completely back to normal within the first week.
Caring For Temporary and Permanent Veneers
As we discussed, temporary veneers generally require the patient to switch to a soft-food diet while worn. These veneers don’t have the staying power or the durability of permanent veneers, meaning very sticky or hard foods may cause them to pop loose or break. In case this happens, you need to contact your dentist right away. Though wearing these temporary veneers can get tedious, remember that you only have to wear them briefly before you get your new permanent set!
When it comes to permanent veneers, you must care for them just like you do for your natural teeth. Brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes and floss at least once daily (generally before your nightly brushing and after your last meal of the day).
High-quality porcelain veneers are stain-resistant but can still develop tint over time. Unlike in the case of stained natural teeth that you can whiten, porcelain veneers can’t be whitened, so it’s important to be careful with foods that can stain them. Your dentist will also recommend that you keep an eye on your intake of wine, coffee, tea, and other foods or beverages that might stain your veneers.
Top Reasons Why People Choose To Get Veneers
If you wish to make a significant improvement in your smile, dental veneers are an ideal solution. Veneers can give you a smile makeover that helps boost your confidence and also provides several oral health benefits. Some common reasons why people choose to install dental veneers are:
Dental veneers are built to be a long-lasting solution that provide patients with a durable solution for improving their smile. With regular care and maintenance, dental veneers can last 15 years, or longer. It means you can boast a confident smile for years without stressing over regular dental work once you have your permanent veneers.
2. Minimally Invasive Procedure
Getting dental veneers is a minimally invasive procedure, unlike other cosmetic dental procedures like dental implants or crowns. You shouldn’t experience significant discomfort and will have a shorter recovery time than other more invasive procedures. The process requires removing a small amount of enamel from the surface of your tooth to create space for veneers.
3. They Are Customizable
Dental veneers are made to fit your unique smile and mimic natural teeth. Because they are made specifically for your smile they will create a more natural smile and ensure that you are happy with the result. your dentist will work with you to select your dental veneers’ best shape, size, and color to ensure they look and feel natural with your surrounding teeth.
The Bottom Line
Dental veneers can be considered an investment in your smile. They offer long-lasting oral and cosmetic health benefits, which have made dental veneers a popular procedure among patients. If you aren’t sure that veneers may be the right choice, we suggest you speak with Dr. Margaret Mitchell at Mitchell Dental Spa to discuss your concerns. She has the expertise to determine if you’re a good candidate for dental veneers. Schedule a consultation at mitchelldentalspa.com today to get started!