Caring For Temporary Veneers

If you want a smile that looks more natural and full, then veneers may be a good choice for you. Veneers do require an entire process where the teeth are prepared and veneers are made for your specific teeth. Veneers take some time to make since they are customized and hand-formed by a professional. During the creation process, you will receive some temporary veneers. They will need to stay in place for at least two or three weeks, so keep reading to learn how to care for them properly. 

Do Not Floss

Artificial veneers are very different from traditional tooth coverings. The biggest difference is the fact that they are not individually adhered to the teeth. They are instead created as full upper and lower constructions, much like a retainer. A temporary glue may secure them, or they may snap into place over the teeth. These teeth are usually constructed from a wax mold of each dental arch so they fit well over your teeth. 

Since a large artificial arch is created, there will be no spaces in between the teeth. So do not try to floss once the temporary veneers are secured. You should, however, clean the acrylic carefully and fully to reduce the buildup of bacteria within the mouth. Your teeth may be covered and protected from food debris, but the gums are still exposed and gingivitis may develop. 

Use your regular toothbrush, but invest in low-abrasive toothpaste. Abrasive agents can scrape the acrylic and scratches will remain on the surface of the veneers. These scratches can hold both food and bacteria.

Some types of mouthwash can dry out the surface of the veneers and make them brittle. Use only alcohol-free varieties to avoid this issue.

Bite Gently

Most people will opt for high-quality veneers made from porcelain materials. This requires less preparation and a smaller amount of enamel removal during the initial grinding process. Typically, your temporary veneers will be much thicker than your permanent ones, and you may notice them sticking out a bit and adding some thickness to the teeth.

This can make it difficult to bite down. If you bite down too hard, you can pull the veneers away from the teeth. New adhesive must be applied when this happens.

Try biting as gently as possible on your food. Also, stay away from sticky and chewy items like gummy bears or dried fruit that can dislodge the veneers. 

If you want to know more about veneers, the veneer placement process, and how temporary tooth coverings are placed on the teeth, speak with a cosmetic dentist.