Why Do I Need Temporary Veneers?

April 17, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — drmedaugh @ 3:10 am

Woman at dentist for porcelain veneersIf you’re embarrassed by your teeth, porcelain veneers may be the perfect solution for you. You won’t have to worry about needing extensive dental work to achieve a flawless smile. Veneers can fix many issues using a minimally invasive procedure. It takes about 2 appointments to transform your smile. After your first visit, you’ll need temporary veneers. Although you’ll only need them for a couple of weeks, they are an essential part of your treatment plan, and here’s why.

How Veneers Work

There are more options than ever before to correct common aesthetic imperfections, but veneers rank among the most common elective dental procedures every year. A veneer is a thin restoration that’s applied to the front surface of a tooth, enhancing its color, size, and shape. Bonding veneers to the teeth that show when you smile can fix several things simultaneously, like:

  • Tooth Stains and Discoloration
  • Chips and Cracks
  • Gaps
  • Abnormally Shaped Teeth

Veneers are made of porcelain because it is durable and resembles enamel, providing results that look and feel natural. Porcelain also allows veneers to be thinner than ever before, making the procedure less invasive. In as few as 2 appointments, you can have a picture-perfect smile that can last for a decade or longer with the right care, like brushing and flossing. However, before you can enjoy your new smile, you’ll need temporary veneers.

Importance of Temporary Veneers

Your cosmetic dentist will prepare your teeth for your restorations during your first appointment. They will lightly etch the surfaces of your teeth to remove a small amount of enamel. This creates a better bonding surface and ensures your veneers sit flush. Once your teeth are prepped, your dentist will make an impression of your mouth, which is used to make your permanent restorations. It can take the dental lab a couple of weeks, so you’ll need temporary restorations. 

The etching doesn’t harm your teeth, but they will be vulnerable to sensitivity and bacteria if they aren’t always covered by restorations. Your temporary veneers will protect your teeth while you wait for your final restorations. It also allows you to “try on” your new smile.

Although you’ll only need temporary restorations for a short time, you must ensure they last. You can avoid damaging them by following a few tips:

  • Brush your teeth twice daily using a soft-bristled toothbrush and nonabrasive toothpaste.
  • Carefully floss your teeth daily.
  • Don’t chew on inedible objects, including your fingernails.
  • Avoid hard, crunchy, or chewy foods.

In no time at all, your cosmetic dentist will have your porcelain veneers back from the lab. They’ll remove the temporary restorations and apply your new veneers. You’ll walk out of your appointment with a beautiful, confident smile to be proud of. 

About Dr. Mark D. Medaugh

Dr. Medaugh earned his dental degree from the University of Pennsylvania as a Pierre Fauchard Scholar. He has continued his training in cosmetic and restorative dentistry to provide the most up-to-date services. He is a member of the American Dental Association and the Massachusetts Dental Association. Request an appointment through his website or call his office (413) 289-5113.

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