Veneers can absolutely change your life. Unfortunately, once you decide to get veneers, you have to wait a few weeks before you can enjoy them. This waiting period can leave you excitedly restless.
Here is a look at why the waiting period is necessary, and what you can do during this time to secure the future of your veneers.
The Basic Veneer Process
Veneers are not gained in a day. The first step is having a sit-down with your dentist. Your dentist will determine if veneers are right for you, and also explain the procedure and the expected outcome.
If your dentist gives you the green light for veneers, you will have another appointment during which your dentist will prepare your teeth for your cosmetic procedure. Your dentist will give you an anesthetic and then shave off approximately half of a millimeter of enamel from each tooth. Once the shaving is complete, your dentist will make a model of your teeth that will be sent to the laboratory responsible for making your veneers.
The laboratory will need a week or two to create and send your veneers, so your dentist will fit your mouth with temporary veneers. Once your veneers arrives, your dentist will bond your teeth and attach the veneers.
The Waiting is the Hardest Part
If you have emotionally and mentally committed to improving your smile with veneers, the waiting period between your preparatory appointment and your veneer fitting can seem excruciatingly long. How can you possibly wait for your new pearly whites? Well, you can take steps now that will ensure that, when your dentist finally bonds your veneers, you will know how to take care of your enhanced smile.
- Prepare for the rest of the day. Your dentist will probably give you a light anesthetic before cementing your veneers to your teeth. Depending on the strength of the anesthetic, you very well may be out of commission for the rest of the day. During the week or two between your preparatory appointment and your actual veneer bonding appointment, make arrangements with your employer to have the rest of the day off. Even though you can go home immediately after the procedure, the anesthetic could potentially still impact your mental capacities and ability to work. While you're at it, rent a movie or video game and revel in your day off--and your new and improved smile!
- Practice good habits. Your porcelain veneers will be as strong as natural teeth and even more resistant to stains and discoloring. That does not mean that you can abuse your veneers. During the week or two before you get your veneers, start establishing good habits. For example, wean yourself off of chewing on ice or hard candies, pick up diligent brushing and flossing habits, and stop chewing your nails. Also, if you grind your teeth, take steps now to manage this problem.
- Plan some social events. An unaesthetic smile can significantly reduce your self esteem and self-confidence. After all, the impact that your bad teeth have had on your sense of self just might have prompted you to get veneers in the first place. In the week or two before you get your veneers, call up some old friends and start planning some social outings in the weeks following your procedure. Once you get your new smile, you may be perceived as more attractive and even more successful. Use this time to plan some outings so that you can take your new teeth for a test drive.
Visit a clinic like Sunshine Dentistry to learn more about the benefits of veneers.