Do you have issues with your smile that need to be corrected? If so, veneers may be the fix you’ve been looking for. Made from dental-grade porcelain, these thin shells cover up the entire front surface of one’s pearly whties and can correct cracks, chips, discoloration, misshapen teeth, and gaps. Before you have your permanent veneers placed, your dentist will give you temporary ones. But why do you need them? Read on to learn why temporary veneers are necessary before you have your permanent ones placed.
How Temporary Veneers Are Placed
During your initial appointment with your dentist, they will clean your teeth and prepare them by removing a small amount of enamel. This allows your veneers to sit flush on your teeth. Temporary veneers are placed on the prepared teeth while you wait for your permanent ones, which will usually be ready in around two weeks.
Your temporary veneers can be made from a range of materials, including resin, dental wax, and acrylic composite. They may not match the color of your teeth exactly and won’t be as durable as permanent ones. Additionally, your dentist will only use enough dental cement to keep them adhered to your teeth for a few weeks.
Why You Need Temporary Veneers
You may be wondering: why do you need to get temporary veneers? There are several ways that they benefit patients. For one, temporary veneers protect your teeth from experiencing pain or sensitivity from cold, hot, acidic, and sweet foods and drinks while you wait to have your permanent ones placed. Additionally, your teeth will likely look strange after your dentist finishes preparing them. Temporary veneers make them look normal. They will also give you a sneak peek of what your permanent ones will look like so you can ask your dentist to make adjustments if necessary before your permanent ones are placed.
3 Tips to Care for Temporary Veneers
Though you’ll only have to wear your temporary veneers for a few weeks, it’s important to take good care of them. Some ways to do that include:
- Practice good oral hygiene – Brush your teeth twice per day for two minutes and floss every night before bed to keep your smile healthy and your temporary veneers looking their best.
- Avoid stains –Cut back on or completely avoid consuming cola, berries, coffee, tea, red wine, and other foods and drinks that can stain your temporary veneers. You can also sip drinks through a straw so they have less contact with your teeth.
- Avoid sticky and hard foods –Foods that are hard or sticky can damage your temporary veneers or cause them to come off, so they should be avoided.
Now that you know why you need temporary veneers, be sure to take good care of them. This will keep your teeth safe and looking their best while you wait to have your permanent ones placed to complete your smile!
About the Practice
With Dr. Dale W. Greer and his Dallas team, your decision to improve your smile with cosmetic dentistry will soon prove to be a good one. If your teeth are chipped, cracked, gapped, discolored, or misshapen, they offer porcelain veneers that can cover up flaws and give you the gorgeous grin if your dreams. If you’re ready to make an appointment with Dr. Dale W. Greer or want to learn more about veneers, call his office at (972) 233-4546 or visit his website.