Did My Dentist Ruin My Porcelain Veneers

I traveled to another town to have porcelain veneers done by an expert cosmetic dentist. They were stunning. I’ve never been happier about my smile. Yet, just a week after my first checkup with my family dentist they look terrible. They’re dull looking and starting to pick up stains. I told them I had porcelain veneers because the cosmetic dentist told me it’s important to let my family dentist know so they do my cleanings properly. I think they did something to ruin them. What do I do?

Emily

Dear Emily,

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Not all dentists are created equal

While you did the right thing by telling your dentist about the porcelain veneers, it’s very possible he doesn’t know how they’re supposed to be cleaned. Even if he does, if he didn’t take the time to instruct the hygienist, then it’s very likely that they were the culprits which ruined them.

By any chance did your hygienist use a prophy power jet or anything similar? That would have taken off the glaze of your porcelain veneers. Without the glaze, your veneers will look dull and begin to pick up stains.

You have two options:

  • Have the cosmetic dentist re-polish them to get them shiny again.
  • Have the cosmetic dentist replace them.

Notice both times I said the cosmetic dentist. Your family dentist will likely not know how to do either of those things correctly as they didn’t even know how to clean them. Because they’re the ones who damaged them, they should pay the cost of repairs.

You were smart to go to an expert cosmetic dentist. Too many patients make the mistake of thinking their family dentist can give them a smile makeover. Inevitably, they end up with a disappointing smile. Sometimes they end up with a smile worse than the one they were trying to improve.

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