What NOT to eat when you have temporary veneers

A cautionary tale from yours truly.

Intan Lay


Mar 8, 21

4 min read

One of the most common questions asked by our patients that are going on their porcelain veneer smile makeover journey is, “What can and can’t I eat when on temporary veneers?”

I, myself, had fallen victim to this. Though I work at a dental practice and had the inside knowledge of what I can and can’t do, unfortunately I could not resist the old pork with pork crackling Banh Mi. 🤤

When I bit into that succulent, crunchy and juicy roll, I had immediately cracked off six of my ten temporary veneers which had then revealed my prepped teeth below, 3 hours before I was meant to attend a birthday party. Upon swallowing some of my temps, I felt what many patients no doubt feel in that very moment – panic. Not only did I feel like a complete fool because I knew I wasn’t meant to eat that and I should have known better, but that incident had inspired me to write this blog so my fellow patients are informed enough to make their own dietary decisions.  

So, what can you eat and what can't you eat when wearing your temporary veneers?

Whilst wearing your temps, we advise that you should be extra-wary about the foods you choose to consume. Your temps, are of course, just temporary whilst your final veneers are being made. The temps are there to cover your prepped teeth below and they are easily damaged and can become loose when you eat. The listed foods to avoid are recommendations that I hope will help you to prevent any unnecessary visits to the clinic as well as sensitivity to your teeth:

  • Chewing Gum
  • Crunchy fruits and vegetables like apples, carrots, celery etc
  • Chewy meat (and meat crackling!!)
  • Toasted sandwiches or bread
  • Biscuits, chips and crackers
  • Chewy Meat
  • Hard lollies or sticky candy
  • Nuts and seeds (including muesli bars)
  • Chocolate bars
  • Corn (especially the ones that pop!)
  • Biting or munching ice cubes is a cardinal sin as I guarantee you will lose a big chunk of your temps and potentially even crack a tooth!

Of course, it’s not just only these foods that you’ll have to be careful of, you need to also think about staining. Due to the material used for your temps to make it easy for the dentist to remove when your final porcelain veneers are ready, this also means that they are quite fragile and easily stained.

If you can, try to avoid:

  • Curries
  • Beetroot
  • Turmeric
  • Tomato based sauces
  • Sports/Energy drinks, Soft drinks and juices
  • Balsamic Vinegar
  • Soy Sauce
  • Berries
  • Wine (both red and white!)
  • Tea and coffee (if you absolutely must have it, we’d recommend that you drink it with milk)
  • It also goes without saying but I thought I’d add it anyway – smoking
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What can you eat with temporary veneers?

With temporary veneers, you can’t go wrong with sticking to soft foods that aren’t staining such as:

  • Soft white meat i.e., chicken or fish
  • Noodles, pasta or gnocchi (not tomato based)
  • Yoghurts
  • Oats or porridge
  • Bananas
  • White Rice
  • Eggs
  • Soups
  • Mashed potato
  • Crustless bread
  • Cereals that become soft with milk
  • Jelly mmmm

Please note that the lists above are not full lists of everything out there that you can and cannot eat, it is merely to give you an idea of every day foods and drinks to watch out for.

Vogue Dental Studios are devoted to beautiful healthy smiles. Contact us today if you’re thinking about porcelain veneers. Already in the process and are wearing temporaries as you’re reading this? Let us know if you have any questions, or concerns and we are so excited to completing your smile makeover! 

Written By

Intan Lay

An appreciator of art, novels and high intensity sports. With a passion for work and a dangerous addiction to coffee.

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