Why Are My Porcelain Veneers Staining So Soon?

When I agreed to get porcelain veneers, I was told they would last for years, even decades. They were great the first six months, but then started picking up stains. This is way sooner than they told me I’d have any issues.  Is there anything I can do?

Olivia M. – Ohio

Olivia,

I can’t tell you with certainty, but because it was fine the first six months and then developed problems I suspect at the six-month mark you went in for a cleaning and the hygienist used something like a Prophy Jet. That will remove the glazing on your porcelain veneers.

There is a way to repair it, but it’s a very advanced technique. If your dental office didn’t know enough to not use the Prophy Jet during your cleaning, I doubt they’d know this procedure.

I’d have another dentist examine them to see if the glazing has been removed. If so, you should be able to get your dentist to replace them.

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