After Cosmetic Reconstruction (Veneers)
For The Remainder of the Day
- Do not eat for at least 2 hours and until the anesthesia has worn off.
- Do not smoke it will stain your new teeth.
Sensitivity, especially to cold, is common for a time following treatment.
- For the first few days avoid extremely hot or cold foods and beverages.
- If your gums were re-contoured during treatment they may be tender after the anesthesia wears off.
- Rinsing with warm salt water by dissolving ½ teaspoon of salt in 8 oz. of warm water will.
- An analgesic such as Tylenol or Advil will also increase your level of comfort.
Your New Smile
After the cementation of your porcelain veneers, it may take a few days to get used to the new veneers.
- Your bite and the way your teeth come together may feel different especially if we changed the length, shape and/or thickness of your teeth.
- If your bite feels unbalanced, please be sure to call our office for an appointment to make an adjustment.
To maintain the veneers and your new smile, it is important to remember that the underlying teeth are still vulnerable to decay, especially at the gumline where the tooth and veneer meet.
- It is important to resume regular brushing and flossing immediately.
- Daily home care and regulating your intake of sugar-containing foods will increase the longevity of your new restorations.
Any food that can crack, chip or damage a natural tooth can do the same to your new teeth.
- Avoid hard foods and substances (such as beer nuts, peanut brittle, ice, fingernails, biting string, opening plastic packages, or pencils) and sticky candies.
- Minimize or avoid foods that stain such as coffee, red wine, tea and berries.
Don’t be concerned if your speech is affected for the first few days. You’ll quickly adapt and be speaking normally.
- Practice counting out loud from 55 to 65 to limber up your lips and tongue.
- You may notice increased salivation. This is because your brain is responding to the new size and shape of your teeth. This should subside to normal in about a week.