Your Trusted Dentist in Rochester Hills MichiganDr. Samer Obeid D.M.D. - Oakridge Dental Center
Instructions Following Veneers
Anesthetic: You were numbed today for this procedure, so please wait until the numbing wears off before chewing, eating, or drinking. Please wait before ingesting anything hot especially, so you don’t run the risk of burning the inside of your mouth (2-2.5 hours).
Your Temporary: The temporary veneers that were placed today are made of soft resin, and attached with a weak adhesive purposely, so it can be easily removed when it comes time to place your permanent veneers. This temporary does not perfectly reflect the actual color, shape, or fit of your new veneers.
Eating With Your Temporaries: For the most part you may eat normally, but please chew anything hard or crunchy on your back teeth to prevent the temporaries from cracking or breaking. Also, avoid candies, gum, or anything sticky that could dislodge the temporary veneers.
Staining: Your temporaries will be susceptible to staining from drinks like red wine, coffee, dark fruit juices, also fruits alone especially blue berries and black berries. If possible, drink these items through a straw to avoid contact with the surfaces of your temporaries. Also rinsing your mouth after eating/drinking from this list will help prevent stains from setting in on the temporaries.
Brushing and Flossing: You may brush like normal around the temporaries, but no flossing between any of the teeth, until the permanent veneers are placed. The temporaries will be all connected during the time of waiting, so it will be impossible to floss between each of them. Please do not floss on the surrounding ends either, because this could cause all of the temporaries to fall out.
Sensitivity: Some sensitivity is normal at the site that was worked on today, it should subside in a few days after the procedure. If you are having more sensitivity after a week, please call our office. If you are a patient who grinds their teeth, you are more likely to have sensitivity for a longer period of time. After this procedure, please wear your night guard as instructed by Dr. Obeid to help reduce this sensitivity.
Adjustments: If you are feeling any sensitivity to biting or coldness, or if you feel like any of the temporaries are “higher” than the rest of your teeth, let us know. It is a quick fix to adjust the bite of your temporary, and you do not have to be numbed for this.
After Your Permanent Veneers Are Placed: The permanent veneers will take about two weeks to be made and shipped back to us, so your appointment should be made after your preparation appointment. The veneers will be cemented with a much stronger and permanent adhesive, but should not be chewed on for 24 hours so it can set properly. You may eat 1-1.5 hours after your appointment; this is just the crucial initial time that the veneers should be allowed to set without any eating whatsoever. There is no numbing in this appointment, so once the setting time has passed you may eat and drink like normal. However, your lifestyle of eating will now change for the rest of your life. You should refrain from directly biting into anything hard with your veneers; they are as strong as your normal teeth, and they can still break just like your normal teeth. From now on, you should cut up whatever you are eating and mostly chew them with your back teeth. Fruits like apples and pears, sandwiches on hard French bread, raw vegetables, hard sticky candy bars, etc., all of these things should be cut before eating. Your veneers will be stain resistant, but if you feel the need to take precautionary steps such as with your temporaries, brush and rinse your teeth after drinking dark things such as red wine, coffee, grape juice, etc. These types of things are going to become a part of your eating habits, to better protect your new perfect smile. If you are a patient who grinds their teeth, it is extremely important to wear your night guard every night with your veneers. Like previously stated your veneers are just as strong as your normal teeth and need to be cared for as the same, if not more. It is important to be consistent with daily oral hygiene, brushing twice a day and flossing daily will help you protect the investment you have made in your teeth. There is still tooth structure behind and under the veneers, so decay is still possible underneath your new teeth.