I got porcelain veneers less than four months ago. I did everything by the book. I whitened my natural teeth first, so they would match the veneers. I’ve taken exceptional care of the veneers. Despite all that, they’ve started to yellow a bit. I was told that veneers last a long time. There is a distinct difference between my natural teeth and my veneered teeth. Is there some way I can bring them closer together in color again?
Dave L. – Florida
The only reasons for porcelain veneers to be losing their color in such a short period of time is if either the lab didn’t put on the glaze or your hygienist accidentally removed the glaze during a cleaning. If it’s been less then four months, I doubt you’ve had a cleaning yet. It would be an extremely rare thing for a lab to skip the glaze.
Though I hesitate to make an accusation, I have a slight suspicion that your dentist told you they were porcelain veneers, when in actuality they are made from a resin material, which is less expensive and doesn’t hold up nearly as well.
There are several great cosmetic dentists in the the Florida area. I would go to one who is accredited by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry to get a second opinion. They can tell you right away what type of material you have. Accreditation is different from just being a member. There is a higher standard, so make sure you get an accredited dentist.
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