Post-Operative Instructions for Dental Veneers

Thank you for trusting us with your decision to enhance your smile with dental veneers. These custom-made shells are designed to cover the front surface of your teeth, improving their appearance and giving you a more confident smile. To ensure the longevity of your veneers and to promote a smooth recovery, please follow these post-operative care instructions carefully. Our team is here to support you and ensure your satisfaction with the results.

1. Sensitivity:
– After the placement of your veneers, it’s common to experience some sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures. This sensitivity should subside within a few days. Using toothpaste designed for sensitive teeth can help during this period.

2. Eating and Drinking:
– If local anesthesia was used, avoid eating until the numbness wears off to prevent accidental biting of your lips or tongue.
– Although veneers are stain-resistant, we recommend minimizing exposure to foods and beverages that are known to cause stains, such as coffee, tea, red wine, and berries, to maintain the brightness of your veneers.

3. Oral Hygiene:
– Good oral hygiene is essential to the longevity of your veneers. Brush at least twice a day with a non-abrasive fluoride toothpaste and floss daily. Consider using a soft-bristled toothbrush to avoid damaging the polish on your veneers.
– Regular check-ups and cleanings are vital. Ensure to keep these appointments to monitor the health of your veneers and the underlying teeth.

4. Chewing and Biting:
– Veneers are durable but not indestructible. Avoid using your veneers as tools to open or cut things. Be cautious with hard foods like candies, ice, nuts, or bones, as biting down on these can chip or damage your veneers.

5. Grinding or Clenching:
– If you have a habit of grinding or clenching your teeth, especially at night, inform us. We may recommend a night guard to protect your veneers and your natural teeth from damage.

6. Follow-Up Care:
– We may schedule a follow-up visit after the placement of your veneers to ensure proper fit and comfort, and to make any necessary adjustments. It’s important to attend these appointments.

7. Smoking:
– Smoking can stain your veneers over time. For the sake of your overall health and the aesthetics of your veneers, we strongly advise against smoking.

8. Contact Us If You Experience:
– Any discomfort or sharp edges on the veneer that bother your tongue, cheeks, or lips.
– If a veneer feels loose or if you notice any cracking or chipping.
– Persistent discomfort or bite issues after your veneers have been placed.

Your new dental veneers represent a significant investment in your smile and self-confidence. By following these post-operative care instructions, you can enjoy the benefits of your veneers for many years to come. Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact our dental office. We are committed to your oral health and ensuring your satisfaction with your dental treatment.