Posted on: 20 April 2017Share
Now that you've decided to get new veneers, it's a good idea to spend some time becoming familiar with what you can expect and how you can best get used to them after they've been placed. Here's a breakdown of some expectations you should have and a few tips that will help make your overall transition easier:
Sensitivity to Hot and Cold
Because a thin layer of your real teeth is removed before the veneers are placed, you can expect your teeth to feel sensitive to hot and cold foods and beverages for the first week or two after getting your new veneers put in. Because of this, it's a good idea to spend the first day or two eating foods and drinking beverages that are room temperature. You can then gradually introduce warmer and cooler items as the days pass and as you find it comfortable. After a few days, you should notice no sensitivity to your favorite cooked foods and chilled drinks as time goes on. If for any reason you do continue to experience sensitivity to your hot and chilled meals, it's important to schedule a checkup with your dentist right away to ensure that no adjustments needs to be made.
A Different Size and Shape
Your veneers are likely to be slightly different in shape and size than your natural teeth, which can take some getting used to when it comes to talking and completing everyday tasks that involve your mouth in some way. Friends and loved ones may notice a slight difference in your speech and you might feel a bit insecure when it comes to communication for a little while after having your veneers put in, so it's a good idea to practice beforehand if possible. For just a few dollars you can purchase temporary veneers that will give you some insight into how your real ones will feel once in place. Wear the disposable veneers for an hour or two a day during the week leading up to having your veneers put in so you can practice talking, eating, and sleeping and get used to it all quickly.
Fragility and Longevity
While veneers are made of extremely strong materials, they aren't indestructible and they won't last forever no matter how well you take care of them. However, with proper care and maintenance, you can expect your new veneers to last between 10 and 15 years before they'll need to be replaced. In addition to brushing and flossing on a daily basis, it's a good idea to stay away from chewing on bones and eating things like candy apples that could stick to the veneers and break them. If you tend to grind your teeth when you sleep at night, wear a plastic mouth guard that will protect your veneers. Ask your doctor for a list of foods you shouldn't eat, activities you shouldn't participate in, and protective measures you should take to optimize the longevity of your new veneers.
Some Extra Attention Initially
Your veneers are sure to make a big impression on friends and family who are used to seeing you talk and smile with your natural teeth, so expect some extra attention for a few days after getting your veneers. Coworkers are likely to be surprised at your new look even if they're expecting it, and loved ones will probably be caught staring at your new smile until they get used to it. You'll probably be asked questions about how they feel and whether you'd recommend them, which might distract you from the conversations you'd like to have at the time. So be prepared for the questions and rehearse a few to-the-point answers that can be used so the conversation can quickly move on. Otherwise, enjoy the extra attention and compliments!
With the considerations outlined here in mind, getting used to your new veneers should be a pleasurable experience overall.