I’m thrilled with the way porcelain veneers have improved my smile. I have a new found confidence. People even stop me on the streets and in stores to tell me they love my smile. I get happy all over just thinking about it. I’m a little confused though. My dentist told me they’d last at least ten years, but more likely even more than that. It’s only been seven months and they’ve already started picking up stains. I thought they were supposed to be stain resistant.
Elena K. – Manhattan
The information you were given is correct. Porcelain veneers are very stain resistant. Even more so than your natural teeth. And, yes, that should last many years. The fact that your veneers are picking up stains so quickly tells me they’ve been damaged in some way.
If you’re only seeing stains in areas like little scratches, that might lead me to believe it’s the toothpaste you’re using. Whitening toothpastes are very abrasive and can put micro-scratches on porcelain, which would allow it to pick up stains. Your dentist should have warned you and told you the best way to care for them.
A great toothpaste to use when you have cosmetic work done is Supersmile. It’s specifically formulated for the porcelain you find in veneers and crowns.
If the stains are all over then it’s possible, during your six-month cleaning, the hygienist used something like a prophy jet or another type of power polishing equipment. Though many hygienists are trained to deal with cleaning porcelain veneers, this one maybe hasn’t been, or she could have just forgotten you had veneers placed. This will take the glaze completely off. You’ll notice the staining is all over and not just in micro scratches.
If that’s the case, your dentist should be willing to replace them, as they caused the damage.
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