How Long Does it Take to Adjust to Porcelain Veneers?
Versatile, durable, and natural in appearance, porcelain veneers are one of the most popular cosmetic dentistry options available. An entire smile makeover can be achieved with porcelain veneers alone. These thin shells of semi-translucent dental ceramic have worked wonders for countless Fountain Valley, CA cosmetic dentistry patients. While quite effective, they can take a little getting used to.
Dr. Andrew G. Mortensen and his dental care team would like to consider some early and temporary issues some patients experience after they get their porcelain veneers. Thankfully the adjustment period is brief and there are some things you can do to make this period less of a hassle.
How Porcelain Veneers Are Placed
To understand issues after getting porcelain veneers, let’s describe the placement process. First, a small amount of tooth enamel must be removed to accommodate the veneer. This allows the veneer to be adhered in place and seem just like your natural tooth structure. Without removing a little enamel to accommodate the veneer, the shell might stick out a bit and look unnatural.
Why Porcelain Veneers Take Time Getting Used To
Even though less than 1mm of enamel is removed to accommodate a porcelain veneer, it can throw off the feel of your mouth around the treated tooth. You may notice a slightly unnatural feeling around the treated tooth or teeth for a few days as your lips, tongue, and other teeth get used to the veneer.
If you’ve ever had braces, you may recall a brief adjustment period to the brackets and wires until you were used to them. While the sensation is nowhere near as pronounced with porcelain veneers, this help you understand why there may be a brief period of adjustment.
Common Issues After Getting Porcelain Veneers
The most common issues people complain of after getting porcelain veneers initially include:
- Changes in the feel of their bite
- Unfamiliar sensations when chewing
- Tooth sensitivity
- Speech impediments
How Long Will This Adjustment Period Take?
Thankfully these issues do not last long. Most patients report that their adjustment to porcelain veneers lasts about two weeks. After two or three weeks, patients should be used to the way the veneer feel and function.
Tips for Getting Used to Your Veneers
When you first get your veneers, consider these helpful tips to make the adjustment period go by faster and less of an issue:
- Use sensitive teeth toothpaste
- Avoid crisp, crunchy, tough, or hard foods
- Avoid foods that are hot or cold in temperature
- Drink lukewarm water and beverages
- Practice good oral hygiene by brushing and flossing regularly
As for speech impediments, note the words that are giving you trouble. Repeat them or the sounds that are difficult over and over again. Eventually you’ll notice these words get easier to say and your initial speech impediment is no longer a worry.
What If I Still Have Veneer Problems?
If you still have issues with your porcelain veneers more than two weeks after getting them, it’s a good idea to discuss these matters with your dentist. Various treatments and adjustments can be discussed as needed to ensure your smile is healthy and you’re happy with the results of treatment.
Contact Dr. Andrew G. Mortensen
For more information about porcelain veneers and how they can help you, be sure to contact an experienced cosmetic and restorative dentist. Our entire dental care team looks forward to your visit and addressing your concerns. You can reach us by phone at (714) 964-4183.