Veneers are becoming a standard solution for those struggling with how their teeth look. As the cost of the necessary material and expertise has declined over the past decade, the cosmetic solution has evolved into a best practice resolve for many aging customers, people struggling with defects, and unlucky individuals who have suffered bizarre mishaps. The professionals at Savannah Dental Solutions are intimately familiar with creating and adhering dental veneers to teeth of all kinds. We get several concerns and questions about the process, and we would like to address them to better help people on the fence understand whether or not veneers are a solution best applicable for them!

How long until you can eat after getting dental veneers?

One of the most common questions – the short answer is that it depends on the customer. Your wait time is significantly more if you have a full set of porcelain veneers fit on your front teeth than if you’re just looking for one or two veneers to cover a blemish, chip, or gap. The longest you’d have to wait to eat is a day, and some people can start eating soft food within just an hour or two. 

What kind of special care is necessary if you get veneers?

Nothing. Nothing special needs to be done for veneers; you should take care of them just as you do with your normal teeth. That includes brushing after meals, flossing, and coming in for regular dental cleanings and dental checkups!

How much is a set of veneers going to cost?

Veneers cost less than you think. Most people seem to believe veneers will set them back thousands of dollars because of the stigma given by braces, retainers, and headgear. Orthodontics isn’t the same thing. Veneer cost will vary from person to person, but you can get a pretty accurate idea just by coming in for a consultation. 

How long do veneers last?

Porcelain laminate veneers average 10 to 12 years before they need replacing, while composite resin veneers need replacing sooner since they only last for around 4 to 8 years. The expectation is that you’ll be taking care of them as if they’re your own teeth. The better you take care of veneers, the longer they last, and the better they look!

Are there any negatives or side effects to having veneers?

In the short term, there are a couple of “side effects” that one will experience. First and foremost, as we’ve discussed, you can’t eat right away. Secondly, it’s going to feel a little strange. You’ll get used to it in just a few days, but veneers fill spaces, gaps, and caverns in your mouth, so it will take a bit to adjust your lips and tongue. Some customers have a higher sensitivity to extremely cold foods like ice cream or hot foods like soup, but this almost always goes away after a few months.

If you have more questions about veneers, we recommend you visit Savannah Dental Solutions for a consultation and estimate. Call us at (912) 354-1366 or contact us online to make your first appointment today!