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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. ┬áIs 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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Will my porcelain veneers turn yellow?

One of the main reasons I decided to get porcelain veneers was to cover up my ugly, yellow teeth. I now realize I should have asked more about this before getting them put on, but I was wondering if they will turn yellow as time goes by? If so, how long until they start discolor?

– Sheila in Tennessee

Sheila,

That is a common question about porcelain veneers. No, porcelain veneers will not turn yellow. That said, the veneers are applied directly onto your natural tooth. So it is possible that the underlying tooth may pick up stains as time goes by. When the discoloration occurs underneath the veneers, the porcelain veneers may take on a slightly discolored appearance. So if you are susceptible to staining on your teeth, it would probably be a good idea to avoid coffee, teas, berries, etc. that aide in staining teeth. Also, avoid smoking not only for your teeth but for your overall health.

If your dentist didn’t already inform you, it is also important to stay away from teeth whitening or tarter control toothpastes. This may seem strange as you are trying to keep your teeth white, but there are highly abrasive whitening agents in those kinds of toothpastes which can have negative affects on the porcelain veneers. What happens is that the glaze breaks down from these whitening agents which lessens the ability of the veneers to hold up to stains.

A helpful habit to keep your smile looking it’s best would be to rinse your mouth out after drinking or eating those stain producing items.

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