July 14, 2021
Have you decided to get porcelain veneers? Your dream smile is only a short time away! In the meantime, you’ll be wearing temporary veneers over your prepared teeth. While you may not have expected this part of the process, it’s an essential step that serves many important functions. Read along as your dentist in Petaluma explains what temporary veneers are and why they’re necessary.
What’s the Difference Between Temporary and Permanent Veneers?
After your teeth have been prepared and impressions have been taken, there will be a one to two-week waiting period while your porcelain veneers are created. During this appointment, your dentist will fit you with a set of temporary veneers to wear in the meantime. Think of it as a trial period that will help you visualize what your permanent ones will look like once they’re attached.
So, what’s the difference between these two types of veneers? The permanent ones are crafted out of porcelain, while the temporary ones are made of dental wax, composite resin, acrylic, or other materials. Since they’re not made of porcelain, they won’t match the exact color of your surrounding teeth. They also won’t be as durable because they will be held with enough cement to last a few weeks.
Why Do I Need Temporary Veneers?
There are three reasons why temporary veneers are necessary:
- Appearance – When your teeth are prepared for veneers, they can look a little odd, which is why temporary veneers are used to make them look normal again.
- Tooth Sensitivity – Removing a thin layer of enamel can cause tooth sensitivity. Luckily, temporary veneers can shield the area and keep teeth from reacting to hot, cold, sweet, or acidic foods.
- Test Drive – Temporary veneers will give you an idea of what your permanent ones will look like. It helps your dentist see if any adjustments need to be made.
How Can I Take Care of My Temporary Veneers?
Once you have temporary veneers, you will need to follow safety precautions to protect your new smile. Here are a few tips:
- Stay away from hard and sticky foods. Since your veneers can easily be removed, be sure to avoid foods that possibly dislodge them.
- Avoid dark-colored foods and drinks. Temporary veneers stain easily, so stay away from dark-colored foods and drinks, such as soda, tea, red wine, and coffee.
- Keep your smile clean and healthy. You must maintain good oral hygiene while wearing your temporary veneers. Brush your teeth twice a day and floss daily in between your veneers.
Remember, your veneers are just a part of your journey towards your brilliant new smile!
About the Author
Dr. Bob Koenitzer graduated from the University of California at San Francisco and received several awards for clinical excellence. If you’re looking to transform your smile, porcelain veneers might be the ideal solution for you. To schedule a consultation, visit our website or call (707) 766-6666.
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