I’m having trouble with my porcelain veneers and I need a top dentist to help me preserve them. I tried whitening strips to whiten up my veneers but they don’t look any different. The veneers are 12 years old and they are starting to look dull. I am beginning to think that the shape of my teeth even looks outdated. I don’t know how to describe it, but they don’t look modern. Anyway, I have been thinking that if I am at least able to get the veneers whiter that my smile would look better. My dentist polished them and the veneers are now shinier but they are not whiter. So instead of getting new veneers, I think that I should first ask another cosmetic dentist to give it a try to get them whiter. This is not a good year for me to get new veneers. I know that not every dentist can do this so how can I find a top dentist to whiten them? Thanks, Piper
Piper – Even a top dentist will be limited in putting life back into your veneers. There are several reasons why:
- Porcelain veneers can’t absorb teeth bleaching gel as natural teeth can, so you won’t be able to whiten your veneers. An expert cosmetic dentist may be able to polish out light stains on the surface of porcelain veneers.
- The type of material your veneers are made of may have something to do with the color of the veneers. Newer veneers are made of high-quality porcelain and they are color stable. There is also more variety of color options and shades since you received your veneers.
- It is possible that your natural teeth beneath the veneers have darkened. If that is the case, a skilled cosmetic dentist can try to whiten your natural teeth and make your veneers look lighter.
You have the right idea of getting a second opinion from a top cosmetic dentist. It’s best to find one or two accredited cosmetic dentists to examine your teeth and porcelain veneers to determine the reason for the darkening. It is possible that another dentist will have more success polishing your veneers. But if you’ve had them for 12 years, the veneers may need to be replaced.
An accredited cosmetic dentist is the best dentist to let you know if the appearance of your veneers can be improved, or if they need to be replaced.
This post is sponsored by award-winning accredited cosmetic dentist Dr. Allyson Hurley of Chatham, NJ.