Patients who are dissatisfied with certain elements of their smile can benefit from porcelain veneers at our Miami Smile Dental practice. This South Beach cosmetic dentistry treatment can mask aesthetic imperfections, such as discoloration, chips, cracks, mild misalignment and other issues. Understanding what to expect before, during and after treatment can help patients have a smooth, comfortable experience. 

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So, how long will it take adaptation to porcelain veneers?? Dr Papiernik answers this question and explains how to properly care for your porcelain veneers so they will last for years to come.

Porcelain Veneers: Short Overview

Crafted of medical -grade porcelain, dental veneers are designed to fit on the front surface of the teeth. These dental veneers are incredibly  durable, but thin enough to deliver natural-looking results.

To replace veneers, your doctor first removes a small amount of enamel. This creates space for your veneers and also helps a strong bond. Once the teeth are prepared, impressions are taken. These moulds are used to design and fabricate your porcelain veneers.

Once they are ready, Dr. Papiernik will then assess the fit of your new veneers and make any necessary modifications.

Adaptation to Your New Veneers

Any change in the oral cavity, no matter how minor, will be noticeable. Your tongue and gums are sensitive to these changes, and it may take some time to become accustomed to your new veneers. Most patients agree it takes approximately two weeks for your bite to feel normal and for chewing and speaking to feel completely natural.

Any sensitivity that occurs after veneers placement should be temporary. These side effects begin to fade within the first few weeks.

Caring for Your Porcelain Veneers

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Porcelain veneers are strong, but they are not impervious to dagame. Therefore, proper care must be taken to ensure the longevity of your new veneers. To properly maintain your veneers, both initially and long-term:

  • Steer clear of hard, crunchy food such as ice cubes, peanut brittle, or candy apples.
  • Consider a nightguard if you clench or grind your teeth. Attend all routine dental examinations and cleanings.
  • Rinse with warm salt water if your gums feel sore or tender.
  • Brush daily with a soft-bristled toothbrush and a non-abrasive fluoride toothpaste.
  • Stop smoking.
  • Consume dark-coloured foods and beverages in moderation to reduce the risk of staining.
  • If a veneer becomes damaged, be sure to inform your South Beach dentist right away. Prompt care can reduce the risk of further complications.

How Long Do Veneers Last?

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Patients considering veneers should know that their veneers will need to be replaced at some point. However, due to the high-quality materials used in cosmetic dentistry today, custom veneers last longer and longer. On average, veneers last about 10 to 15 years. However, with appropriate care and maintenance, they can last upwards of 20 years.

Contact Us for More Information

Are you thinking about porcelain veneers as part of your cosmetic dentistry treatment plan? If so, schedule an appointment at your Miami Smile Dental practice.

Dr. Papiernik can perform a full assessment and design a personalized treatment plan to meet your needs.

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