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Jean E. Barthman, DDS
801 Brewster Ave<br/> Ste 255
Redwood City, CA 94063
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Dr. BarthmanBeauty, Health and Comfort. These words best describe the office of Dr. Barthman. Because of her years of experience and education, she possesses the latest knowledge and techniques in restorative and cosmetic dentistry to help you achieve optimal results.

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Above all else, Dr. Barthman wants for you to have a beautiful, new smile. Prevention is the key to staying healthy and so we recommend the following tips to get you on your way:

  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day.
  • Chew sugarless gum instead of sugary varieties.
  • Floss daily and if possible, after every meal.
  • Prevent plaque and cavities by reducing your daily intake of sweet snacks.
  • Schedule a cleaning and oral examination with Dr. Barthman once a year.

 

How Long Does It Take to Adjust to Veneers?

November 13, 2018 @ 12:46 PM -- by Dr. Jean Barthman
Tagged with: Porcelain Veneers

Dentist taking tooth shade on female patientCosmetic dentistry treatments can conceal a wide range of aesthetic imperfections and deliver a beautifully balanced smile. One of the most popular cosmetic treatments offered at our Redwood City, CA practice is porcelain veneers.

Porcelain veneers are custom-designed to blend in with your natural dental anatomy. They can mask chips, cracks, fractures, discoloration, gapped teeth, and more.

Knowing what to anticipate before going through treatment can help you have a comfortable, enjoyable experience. But, how long does it take to adjust to veneers? Our team answers that question here and offers tips for becoming accustomed to your new veneers.

A Brief Overview of Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are ultra-thin, yet super strong. Made from layered tooth-colored ceramic, veneers are bonded to the front surfaces of the teeth. In order to place them, small amounts of tooth enamel must be removed. This not only makes room for your veneers, it also creates a better bonding surface.

Why Do Porcelain Veneers Feel Different?

Though the amount of enamel removed for veneers is minimal (usually less than 1 millimeter), any small change can feel more significant in the oral cavity.

For example, patients who have braces placed also go through a brief adjustment period before they get used to their new appliance. Veneers are similar in this way.

Once the veneers are placed, your teeth may feel slightly “off” or unnatural. It can take some time for your tongue and lips to become accustomed, but rest assured, your smile will feel normal again.

Common Issues after Receiving Porcelain Veneers

Every patient is unique. Therefore, the same issues may not be experienced by everyone. However, some of the most common complaints among individuals who receive veneers include:

  • Changes in the way the bite feels
  • Heightened tooth sensitivity
  • Strange sensations when chewing or eating
  • Lisps or other temporary speech problems

How Long Does It Take to Adjust?

Most individuals report that their full adjustment to porcelain veneers took approximately two weeks. After this point, your tongue and lips should be more accustomed to how the veneers feel and function.

Tips for Adjusting to Your Veneers

The “feel” of your teeth is not the only thing you may experience after veneers. You may also notice slight discomfort or sensitivity during the first several days. Fortunately, these side effects are temporary and should diminish over time. However, there are a few things you can do to speed up the adjustment process. We recommend that patients:

  • Avoid hard, tough, or crunchy foods
  • Use a desensitizing toothpaste
  • Practice good oral hygiene
  • Avoid foods and beverages that are extremely hot or cold

To reduce any speech problems, try to determine which words are giving you the most trouble, then repeat them out loud over and over again. You can even try reading out loud. This typically helps patients become accustomed to their veneers faster.

Learn More about Porcelain Veneers

To learn more about porcelain veneers and explore your candidacy for this treatment option, contact our practice today. Dr. Barthman can design a customized treatment plan to meet your needs. You can also reach us by phone at (650) 367-4967.