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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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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.