Tips for Adjusting to Porcelain Veneers

woman after veneers

Porcelain veneers are a great way to conceal small cosmetic defects. The cosmetic treatment can be completed within two office visits. Once Dr. Julie Kardon has placed your veneers at our Cherry Hill, NJ dental clinic, you can enjoy a brighter, more attractive smile. The benefits of porcelain veneers can be enjoyed as soon as your veneers are placed. It is not uncommon for patients to report heightened sensitivity in the days or even weeks following the cosmetic treatment. If you have concerns about this short adjustment period, this overview will help.

What Should I Expect After My Veneers Are Placed?

The First Few Days

Your new veneers may be slightly larger than the natural teeth they cover. This may be noticed immediately after your veneers are placed, especially by your tongue, as your mouth adjusts to the new porcelain shells. Not to worry, these temporary sensations and distractions will subside over time.

You may also notice a heightened sensitivity to hot and cold, especially when drinking hot tea or eating ice cream. This sensitivity will also become less noticeable over time. A third and far rarer side effect of veneers is temporary (and very subtle) speech impediment. These will probably only be noticed by yourself. Your tongue and mouth with naturally adjust, and your speech should be fine within a week after your procedure.   

The First Few Weeks and Beyond

The timeline for adjusting to porcelain veneers will vary from person to person. Some individuals will adjust immediately to the new shells. If your sensitivity is pronounced or lasts past the first week after your veneer placement, let Dr. Kardon know. She may be able to prescribe remedies. Most patients fully adjust to their new veneers after a week or two. Though less common, others may require several weeks.

Tips For Adjusting To Your New Veneers

These tips can help you adjust to your new veneers and avoid side effects.

  • Avoid hard or crunchy foods for the first week after veneer placement
  • Try using toothpaste intended for sensitive teeth
  • Avoid overly hot drinks and drinks until your sensitivity subsides
  • Let Dr. Kardon know what side effects you are worried about
  • Use a straw to bypass your teeth

Contact Our Office Today

Our practice has offered a wide range of general, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry services since 2003. We are proud to serve patients of all ages, from children to senior citizens. When you choose TLC Dental Center for your cosmetic treatments, you benefit from personalized care in an intimate and relaxing environment. To schedule your next meeting, contact our office online or call (856) 667-1001.