I remember how white my porcelain veneers were when I first got them. Now they seem to be stained. Is there anything I can do to get them as white as they were at the beginning?
– Paul in New Jersey
When porcelain veneers are applied, there is a special glaze that protects them. It is glass-like and usually very stain resistant. If the gloss has been damaged, then your veneers may have been susceptible to staining.
Maybe you broke the glaze with the use of a damaging toothpaste or maybe your dental office used harsh polishing techniques during cleanings, like a pumice paste or air-powered cleaner.
Whatever the case, if they are stained you can try a couple of things. Supersmile toothpaste is excellent for cosmetic dentistry work. It removes coffee and tobacco stains very well. If the stain is deep into the tooth, than this toothpaste may not work the best.
You could try tooth whitening which will bleach the stains away.
Or you could find an expert cosmetic dentist and get them polished. This is probably the best treatment to return them back to their original whiteness and shine. Not only will it remove the staining, but this will help protect your teeth from future staining. The original glaze will likely not be restored, but a true cosmetic dentist should be able to improve them dramatically and get them very close to their original brilliance.
This post is sponsored by Plano dentist Whitmore, DDS.