A couple of days ago I posted a question from Aaron in Indiana. He had a smile makeover that he said had lost its shine. I invited him to give me more information, because ordinarily porcelain veneers will not lose their shine unless they are abused by a dental hygienist with a Prophy Jet power polisher, or a fluoride treatment with acidulated fluoride. Both of these will remove the glaze on porcelain veneers.
He responded by describing his treatment to me, and enclosed a photograph of the work the way it looks now. Yes, it was porcelain crowns and porcelain veneers. And he confessed to having obsessive-compulsive tendencies.
Here is the photo:
Yes, I would say obsessive-compulsive here. These teeth still have their shine. The glaze is still there and they look fine.
Here’s what I told him:
To me it looks like a normal luster on the porcelain – the glaze is still there. There may be some polishing that could be done, but myself, I wouldn’t touch it. Nothing on porcelain is as good as the natural glaze. Porcelain polishes, because porcelain is so hard, have to be a diamond paste, and a polished porcelain surface to me is second best to the original glaze.
– Dr Hall
See Aaron’s reply. His dentist polished the veneers some, and he tried Supersmile toothpaste and loves it.
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About David A. Hall
Dr. David A. Hall was one of the first 40 accredited cosmetic dentists in the world. He practiced cosmetic dentistry in Iowa, and in 1990 earned his accreditation with the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. He is now president of Infinity Dental Web, a company in Mesa, Arizona that does advanced internet marketing for dentists.
I don’t know why he wants shine. I just had my porcelain veneers installed and I HATE the shine. (Read the rest of this comment and Dr. Hall’s response in this separate post about shine on porcelain veneers.)