Adjusting to Porcelain Veneers

By Stephen Dowell, DDS on January 28, 2019


Two friends outdoors smilingIf you want to enhance the appearance of your smile, there are numerous cosmetic dentistry options to consider. Porcelain veneers are the most versatile comsetic dentistry procedures. Minerva, OH cosmetic dentists Dr. Stephen C. Dowell and Dr. Byron Rossi have been able to achieve total smile makeovers using porcelain veneers alone in some cases.

Patients often ask us if there is an adjustment period after getting porcelain veneers placed. There is, but it is temporary and generally quite simple. The team at Dowell Dental Group would like to cover the basics of these issues right now.

How Porcelain Veneers Are Placed

The reason there is an adjustment period for porcelain veneers has everything to do with how they are placed. During the procedure, a small amount of tooth enamel is removed from the front surface of a tooth. The veneer is then adhered onto the prepped tooth, essentially replacing the old enamel structure.

Common Issues When Porcelain Veneers Are New

Since some of the tooth enamel is removed to accommodate the veneer, patients will often experience the following temporary side effects:

  • Changes in Mouth Feel - Since there’s a new dental appliance in the mouth, it can take time for you to adjust to the way it feels in your mouth. This is to be expected.
  • Tooth Sensitivity - Since part of the tooth enamel was removed and replaced, this exposes more of the tooth’s internal structure. This can lead to tooth sensitivity until the tooth adjusts to the presence of the veneer.
  • Speech Impediments - When there’s a new dental appliance in the mouth, it can take a little time to get used to its presence. This can lead to speech impediments and some issues speaking.

How Long Will These Issues Last?

Generally speaking, the above side effects to getting porcelain veneers should only last about two weeks, with improvements experienced day to day. By the end of about two weeks, patients will feel fully adjusted to their veneers.

Tips for Adjusting to Porcelain Veneers

To help with the adjustment process and minimize the mild side effects noted above, we recommend the following:

  • Avoid Hot and Cold Temperature Food Items - Hot and cold temperatures can trigger bouts of tooth sensitivity. Consider lukewarm and room temperature foods until the tooth sensitivity has passed.
  • Start with Soft Foods - Biting down on tough or crunchy foods can lead to sore teeth. In the first days of adjusting to porcelain veneers, consider soft foods first. As your teeth become more accustomed to veneers, you can return to your normal diet.
  • Toothpaste for Sensitive Teeth - Brushing and flossing is always important for a healthy smile. To avoid discomfort during oral hygiene, be sure to use a toothpaste for sensitive teeth.

What If These Issues Persist?

If you still experience problems with your porcelain veneers after two weeks and notice no improvements, it’s important that you discuss these matters with your dentist. This could indicate an underlying health issue that impacts your dental health requiring professional attention.

Learn More About Porcelain Veneers

If you would like to learn more about porcelain veneers and why they are such a popular option for enhancing smiles, be sure to contact an experienced cosmetic and restorative dentist. The team at Dowell Dental Group can help you smile with greater confidence. You can reach our practice by phone at (330) 868-5001.

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