Congratulations! You have decided to get the veneers. Your new smile is only a few weeks away! This period of time is typically filled with excitement and some anxiety as you begin to turn your smile into what you’ve only ever imagined.
Unfortunately, many dentists focus solely on the final image, forgetting to mention the two-week period between the first procedure where the teeth are prepared and the placement of the permanent veneers. However, this time, albeit short, is one of the most important parts of the process. This article will briefly give you some additional tips and information to make sure your dream smile is sure to become the one you’ve always wanted.
Many dentists use wax models to create temporary veneers. It is believed that with wax models the results of your new smile will be more accurate. During a wax mock-up, a mold of your teeth is used and created to make a model of your new smile. Each tooth in the model is prepared just like enamel would be and then reconstructed with tooth-colored wax to simulate veneers.
This process gives you the ability to approve your veneers before the permanent ones are placed. By wearing the temporary veneers, you can see how they feel and where they will bite together. At this stage of the process, if you are not satisfied with the appearance, feel Permanent Veneers
or shape of the temporaries, you can make adjustments before placing the final porcelain veneers. It is always less expensive to make changes to veneers during this stage of the process than when porcelain veneers are fabricated and placed.
Generally, temporary veneers have no gaps between the teeth. Therefore, it is recommended not to floss while wearing temporary veneers in case one can come off. Also, the temporary veneers can be a little thicker on the teeth. this can cause some discomfort when chewing or alter your speech for a few days as your whole mouth adjusts to the veneers.
Eating can cause discomfort and you may feel some sensitivity to heat, cold, air, or sweets. It is also advised to stay away from hard, sticky, chewy, or crunchy foods because these are the types of foods that can damage a temporary coating. Finally, it is also advisable to avoid foods with coloring additives because they could stain the teeth.
Sometimes, even if you are doing everything correctly, a temporary veneer may fall out. In this case, it is important to visit the dentist immediately to have it reapplied. Remember that the purpose of a temporary veneer is to protect the lightly shaved tooth and eliminate some sensitivity while the permanent veneer is artistically crafted in the lab.
Also, you always want to remember that your temporary veneers are a great communication tool towards the final result. In general, a temporary veneer should be close in length, shape and alignment to the final result. Once the temporaries are in place, you can communicate with your dentist about what minor changes need to be made. However, if you want big changes, you might want to get a new wax model to make sure you get your perfect smile.