I had porcelain veneers done by a cosmetic dentist. I did like them but one of them had some kind of defect. I tried to live with it but finally admitted to my dentist it was bugging me and ruining the whole smile in my mind. He was very nice about it and said, “We can’t have that now, can we?” He told me to come on in and he’d fix it. He did something with a tool to buff it off. I was happy at first, but now it looks dull like the glaze is gone. Am I being too picky?
You are NOT being too picky. And, even if you were, you paid to have a beautiful smile you love. If you don’t have that, then you’re not getting your money’s worth. I know you called your dentist a cosmetic dentist, but not everyone who bears the name also owns the skills. I’m starting to think your dentist is one that lacks the real skill he needs to do the job well.
First, he should never have been satisfied with a defective porcelain veneer. I don’t know why he thought that was a good idea. At least he was honest about it though. I also appreciate the fact that he tried to fix it for you. That shows integrity.
Unfortunately, what he is lacking is knowledge of what would actually repair that type of problem.
Polishing a Porcelain Veneer
You’ll want to fix this. If left as it is, it will begin to pick up stains rather quickly. Stains that teeth whitening can’t fix because it’s not natural tooth structure. The dull look means the glaze was taken off during his buffing. I don’t know what he used. What I’ll do is tell you how it should be fixed and you can show your dentist.
I’d like to suggest he use Brasseler’s Dialite porcelain polishing system. Using diamond polishing instruments and polishing paste it should help. He’ll need to finish the job with an ultra-fine diamond polishing paste.
If he does this you should have a beautiful porcelain veneer again in no time.
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