Dental veneers are becoming increasingly popular thanks to their ability to mask a wide range of aesthetic imperfections. This includes discoloration, worn teeth, chips, mild misalignment, and gaps. However, getting veneers is a multi-step process, so you won’t see the permanent results overnight. Instead, you will need to spend some time wearing temporary veneers. Continue reading to learn more about temporary veneers so you know what you can expect.
Why Are Temporary Veneers Necessary?
When your dentist prepares your smile for veneers, they will need to remove a thin layer of enamel and take an impression of them. This will then be sent to a laboratory where your permanent ones will be made. In the meantime, you will be given temporary veneers until they are ready. Here are some reasons why this step is necessary:
- Sensitivity: When you have part of your enamel removed, your teeth will be especially sensitive to hot and cold foods and beverages. The veneers cover this area and offer protection.
- Appearance: Having your teeth trimmed down during these two weeks may not be cosmetically pleasing. Temporary veneers allow your teeth to look normal until your permanent veneers can be placed.
- Acclimating: They will help you to get the feel of permanent veneers before you have them placed. If there is something you dislike about the temporary ones, you can let your dentist know so they can make the changes you want before you have your permanent veneers placed.
What Is It Like to Have Temporary Veneers?
Having temporary veneers won’t feel exactly like the real thing. Most of the time, they don’t have gaps beneath the teeth, so flossing is not advised. Because they are made from a different material than your permanent veneers will be, they may not blend as well with the rest of your smile, but the difference won’t be too noticeable. Your permanent ones will match your smile perfectly.
During this time, it’s a good idea to avoid certain foods and beverages. Hard, sticky foods, foods with dark pigment, and crunchy foods should be pushed to the side. Your dentist will likely recommend a soft diet with foods that will not leave you with stains.
You may not be excited about your temporary veneers, but it is a necessary part of the process. You will be showing off the smile of your dreams in no time!
About the Author
Dr. A. Faris Waheed is an experienced dentist who has been working in the field for more than 15 years. He earned his dental doctorate from the prestigious Tufts University School of Dental Medicine and has completed several post-graduate courses. Currently, he is a proud member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, and SPEAR Education. To learn more about veneers or to schedule a consultation at his office in Panama City, visit his website or call (850) 215-0128.