I had porcelain veneers done. They were okay but look a bit too bulky for me. My dentist offered to thin them out which I was grateful for. He shaved away some of the bulk, but for some reason, they look less shiny now. They have more of a matte finish. I was under the impression that porcelain veneers were the same color all the way through them. Is there any way to get the shiny back?
I’m glad you wrote. Here is a prime illustration of one of the problems with cosmetic dentistry not being a recognized specialty. Only a small portion of dentists who do cosmetic dentistry actually invested in the training necessary to become an expert. I found it interesting that you said your veneers were “okay” but a bit bulky. If you would have gone to an expert cosmetic dentist, your dentist would have first used a temporary try-in paste so you could see what your veneers would look like on your smile. If you said they were “okay”, the dentist would not have been satisfied. He or she would have asked you what you wish was different and then sent them back to the lab to get the results that provide you with the smile of your dreams. It doesn’t sound like your dentist did that.
Secondly, it doesn’t sound like he understands how the porcelain veneers are engineered. The top-level of your veneers is a glazing that is placed there for two specific purposes. It is what makes your veneers so stain resistant as well as what gives them their natural-looking shine. The reason they look dull and matte now is because he removed that glazing when he shaved them down. He may have been as surprised as you were to find the coloring different underneath.
There is a way to get these polished back up, however I am not sure your dentist will know the proper technique to do it. Instead, I am going to suggest you ask him to re-do these. He destroyed them when he shaved them down. You may decide that you don’t think he will do any better of a job the second time around. In that case, you are within your rights to ask for a refund.
If you do go the refund route, make certain whomever you contract to re-do them is an expert cosmetic dentist. The best (and actually proven) cosmetic dentists are AACD accredited.
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