Have you considered getting veneers but are worried about how they might look? Temporary veneers can be a great way to test the look before committing to permanent veneers. However, many patients report that temporary veneers look bad. Here’s what you need to know about temporary veneers and why they might not be the best option for you.
What are Dental Veneers?
Dental veneers are thin, custom-made shells that cover the front surface of your teeth. They are used to improve the appearance of your smile by changing the color, shape, size, or length of your teeth. Veneers can also be used to treat:
- Chipped or broken teeth
- Discolored teeth
- Misshaped teeth
- Misaligned teeth. You can read more about veneers for overlapping teeth.
- Close the gap between front teeth
Permanent dental veneers are made of either porcelain or composite resin, while temporary veneers are usually made of acrylic material. This is one of the reasons why temporary veneers may look bad.
What are Temporary Veneers & Why Do They Look Bad?
Temporary veneers, also known as trial veneers, are made before having the permanent veneers placed. They are used as a “mock-up” or “preview” of the permanent veneers. Since temporary veneers are made of different materials than permanent veneers, they often look bad.
Temporary veneers are usually made of acrylic material. This material is used because it can mimic the natural color of teeth, bond to the teeth properly, and is less expensive than porcelain. However, acrylic is not as strong or durable as porcelain, so temporary veneers are unsuitable for long-term use.
Your Temporary Veneers may Look Bad Due to
The temporary veneers may look bad due to the following reasons:
- Acrylic is not as translucent as porcelain: this means that the acrylic veneers may look bulky, opaque, or unnatural.
- Color may not match your natural teeth: many patients report that acrylic veneers look bad because they do not blend in well with natural teeth.
- Not as well-crafted as permanent veneers: they may be thick, bulky, or not fit as snugly on the teeth.
- Gum inflammation: if the temporary veneers do not fit well, they can irritate your gums and cause inflammation. This will make the dental veneers look bad. You can read more about gingivitis vs healthy gums.
- You don’t like the design: They may be a different color, shape, or size than what you want.
Temporary Veneers may Look Bad, But They Have Benefits
Despite the fact that temporary veneers may look bad, they have some benefits. Temporary veneers benefits include:
- Give you an idea of what the final result will look like.
- Get used to the feel of veneers in your mouth.
- Help the dentist determine the appropriate size, shape, and color of your permanent veneers.
- Give you the opportunity to contribute to the design of your smile.
- Help you get the opinion of relatives and friends.
- Protect your teeth while the permanent veneers are being made.
Do and Don’ts
While you have temporary veneers, there are some things you should do and some things you should avoid doing.
- Clean your temporary veneers daily with a soft toothbrush and toothpaste.
- Floss carefully around the temporary veneers to remove any plaque or food particles.
- Use a mouthwash to help keep your mouth clean and free of bacteria.
- Avoid hard or sticky foods.
- Avoid drinks and foods that could stain your temporary veneers.
- Do not use your temporary veneers as a tool to open things.
- Avoid chewing on hard objects, such as ice or fingernails.
- Don’t delay your appointment with your dentist. Temporary veneers are not as strong or durable as porcelain, so they are unsuitable for long-term use.
Temporary Veneers Look Bad – Conclusion
In conclusion, temporary veneers may look bad because they are made of different materials than permanent veneers. However, temporary veneers have some benefits, such as helping determine the appropriate size, shape, and color of your permanent veneers. Temporary veneers allow you to contribute to the design of your smile, so talk to your dentist about what you like and dislike about the design of your veneers.