My hygienist took off the glaze on my porcelain at my last cleaning/check up. She used some kind of power machine on it. I only found out after the appointment that you can’t use those on porcelain veneers. Now they are starting to pick up stains. Can my dentist use professional teeth whitening to get them back to the color they should be?
Adam L. – Georgia
I’m just taking a guess, but did your hygienist use a prophy jet at your appointment? So many hygienists don’t even know this will ruin porcelain veneers. Either the dentist doesn’t know either, which speaks volumes as to his qualification for cosmetic work or he doesn’t instruct his staff, which speaks volumes to the kind of preparation and care he puts into his practice.
Unfortunately, teeth whitening, even professional, will not work on your damaged veneers. There is a possibliity an advanced diamond polishing technique could restore their luster. Not many dentists are familiar with this procedure and I highly doubt an office that didn’t know not to use a prophy jet will be aware of it.
Other than that the only thing that can be done is to re-do the veneers themselves. I would ask for your dentist to pay for this as they’re the ones who ruined them.
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