Once you’ve decided to get dental veneers, there is a lot of focus on the end result of a beautiful smile. However, you must remember that there is a time period of about two weeks between teeth preparation and application of your final veneers. Let’s learn what to expect during the transition period while wearing temporary veneers.
Many dentists create wax mock-ups of your mouth to help make temporary veneers. This means that a mold of your teeth is used to make a model of your new smile. This provides you with an opportunity to check out your veneers before the permanent ones are placed in your mouth. Wearing the temporary veneers allows you to see how they feel and what the bite is like. The great benefit is that if you dislike how they look or feel, you can ask for adjustments before getting your final porcelain veneers.
There are a few things to watch for with temporary veneers:
- Because temporary veneers do not leave gaps between your teeth, to avoid breakage you shouldn’t floss while wearing them.
- These veneers may be thicker than your natural teeth, so altered speech or chewing discomfort may result until you get used to them.
- Sensitivity to cold, heat, air, or sweets can occur.
- Avoid hard, crunchy, sticky, or chewy foods because they can harm your temporary veneers.
- Foods with color additives may stain your teeth.
- Temporary veneers are made of different material than porcelain, so the color won’t be the same. The temporary ones will probably not look as natural as your permanent ones.
If one of your temporary veneers falls off, see your dentist right away to get it reapplied. It protects your natural tooth and helps prevent sensitivity, so you will want to have it replaced immediately. When you’re wearing temporary veneers, keep in mind that they are a stepping stone to your final smile. If you have concerns, voice them to your dentist so that changes might be made before the final product.