Adjusting to Your New Smile

Veneers_Cosmetic _DentistryOnce your veneers are placed, your smile will be bright right away. But you may notice that your teeth feel a little different. “Realistically speaking, it may take you a week or so to get used to your new smile,” says Dr. Carol Ford from her Phoenix Cosmetic Dentistry office. “This is particularly true if the purpose of the veneers were to correct crooked teeth or adjust worn teeth,” she adds.

Veneers are often used to create a more uniform look to your smile, and the new placement, while making your smile bright, youthful and even, may feel different than your pre-veneer teeth.

“Your tongue is very sensitive to small changes and shifts in your teeth. Your gums are sensitive as well, so it’s not unusual to feel some change when your veneers are first placed,” says Dr. Ford.

Meanwhile, your veneers can be cared for just as you do your natural teeth, recommends WebMd. You should brush them twice a day with a soft brush and floss every evening. If your gums are tender, you can rinse your mouth with salt water or with non-alcohol mouthwash.

Salt water is an effective mouthwash because salt kills harmful bacteria, says the Website Intelligent Dental. To make your saltwater mouthwash, mix between one-half and one teaspoon of regular table salt in a cup (8 oz) of warm water and stir till the salt is dissolved. More salt is really unnecessary, as the smaller amount does the job and doesn’t taste too strong. Swish the saltwater around your mouth for 30 seconds for the most benefit and spit out. Do not drink or swallow the saltwater mouthwash.

When you return to the dentist for the final follow up visit, ask any questions you may have about your new smile. Veneers are made of higher quality materials than those used years ago, and should last for many years to come.

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