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Dear Dr. Hall,
I saw a little divot or scratch in my porcelain veneer. I went to my cosmetic dentist and he said he could buff it out. He did, but now I notice that somehow the glaze in that area is gone (it looks matte). He did not use a proxy-jet he used something called cups and then a thin polishing mechanism. My worry is, will that area now stain, do I have to replace the veneer, is this somewhat common?. It still feels smooth in my mouth but when I dry the tooth and look in a magnified mirror, I see it. Any advice you can give is greatly appreciated.
Thank you in advance!
Amy from New York
You are saying that your dentist is a “cosmetic dentist.” Even though I can’t confirm that he fits my definition of a cosmetic dentist, we can just go with that.
Yes, with a matte finish, the porcelain will be more susceptible to stain. There is a way to polish a porcelain veneer and give it a luster very close to the original glaze. It doesn’t require specialized skill the way doing a smile makeover does, but it does require a knowledge of the process and some specialized materials. Polishing porcelain requires the use of diamond polishing instruments and polishing paste, ending with an ultra-fine diamond polishing paste.
If this is the dentist who did your veneers and you’re happy with his work, I would go back to him and tell him you’d like a little higher shine and, if you need to, you can tell him I suggested using Brasseler’s Dialite porcelain polishing system to get back that glossy shine. That’s what I used for situations like this.
– Dr. Hall
Read more in this blog about porcelain veneers losing their shine.
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