Recommendations for Home Care Following Cosmetic Veneer Preparation

Congratulations! You are well on your way to your new smile! We have placed temporaries on your teeth and will send your impression to the lab to make the permanent porcelain ones. The following is information about what you what you should expect:

•The laboratory time required for the fabrication of a Porcelain Laminate Veneer is approximately two weeks.

•Between your preparation visit and the insertion visit, please be very careful with your front teeth. These temporaries are for esthetics and your feedback only. If there is anything that you do not like about the size, shape or color please let us know so we can communicate properly with our lab. We want you to be happy!

•You can expect some sensitivity to hot and cold. This is normal and is due to the removal of a small portion of the enamel covering of the tooth. This sensitivity should disappear after the placement of your Porcelain Veneer.

•Your second visit, the insertion of your laminate, is usually longer in length. The laminates are placed with a light sensitive resin which is hardened by using a white light. On this day, your treatment will be complete.

•The temporaries we have placed are fragile. This temporary should be quite serviceable for the weeks required to make your permanent restorations. The cement used is not as strong as “permanent cements”. Therefore it is necessary that you follow a few common sense rules while wearing your temporaries. Please avoid biting with your front teeth. Also, avoid sticky candies and hard substances like popcorn hulls, peanut brittle, pencils, fingernails or ice and enjoy softer foods, just until the permanent veneers are placed. Once placed your laminates are very strong and will resist most of the forces placed upon them by a normal diet.

•When your bite is altered, or the position of your teeth is changed, it will feel different for a few days. It takes several days for your brain to recognize and adjust to the new conditions in your mouth. If you detect any high spots or problems with your bite when the numbness wears off, call us to schedule an adjustment.

•Your gums may also be sore and somewhat swollen for several days. Rinsing three times a day with warm salt water will relieve the pain and swelling. Dissolve one teaspoon of salt in one cup of warm water, gently swish, and then spit carefully.

•Mild, over-the-counter pain medication should ease your discomfort during the adjustment period.

•Your speech might be affected slightly for the first few days; this is normal, and is not a cause for concern. You will quickly adapt to the new “feel” in your mouth, and will speak normally very soon.

•Tobacco products, whether smoked or chewed, will quickly stain your teeth and unattractive yellowish brown.

•Red wine, cola, berries, coffee and tea can stain your teeth as well as your temporaries, so brush or rinse after consuming them. Also soda and acidic foods (especially soda!) can de-bond them with frequent consumption. It is best to avoid them. Rinsing your mouth with water after you eat them can also help avoid this consequence.

•If you posses darkly stained teeth, your veneers will significantly improve your esthetics, but may not entirely mask very dark stains.

•If the temporary should come loose, please push it back in place and call our office as soon as possible. We still need to cement it back with the temporary cement. If it comes completely out Mix a small amount of petroleum jelly with a powder of some sort (baking soda, baking powder or flour). Line the temporary with the paste and place it back on the tooth. Push it down with enough pressure to let your bite come together, but be careful not to break it in half. They also sell temporary cements in drug stores if you are out of town or unable come in to see us right away.

•Daily plaque removal is important to your gingival health and marginal integrity of your restorations during the next two weeks. Gently brush with a soft toothbrush and swish vigorously for at least 30 seconds daily with a mouthwash such as Tooth and Gum Tonic or Pro Health. We look forward to your new smile!