My porcelain veneers are darkening and almost look gray when compared to old pictures. I got the veneers in 2010 and did not expect them to get dark this soon. I have calcium deposits on my teeth beneath the veneers. Can a dentist do anything to refresh the veneers, or will I need new ones? Thanks. Jen A.
A skilled cosmetic dentist would need to examine your veneers and teeth to determine why they are darkening. We will explain the possibilities.
Why Do Porcelain Veneers Darken?
Porcelain veneers will darken if damaged, or your teeth behind them are turning darker. Dental porcelain is more stain resistant than natural tooth enamel. Consider the factors:
- Damaged porcelain veneers – A dental hygienist may mistakenly use power polishing equipment on porcelain veneers, which will destroy the glaze on the veneers. Damage glazed causes the veneers to attract stains and darken. Acidulated fluoride treatment or other potent dental chemicals can erode the glaze, causing porcelain veneers to stain and darken.
- Darkening natural teeth – Tooth decay or other factors can cause natural teeth to darken. As natural teeth darken behind the veneers, the color may show through translucent porcelain veneers. If the bond between your veneers and teeth weakens, bacteria can seep between them, causing tooth decay. However, other factors, including medical conditions can cause teeth to darken.
Schedule a Cosmetic Dentistry Consultation
We encourage you to schedule consultations with two advanced cosmetic dentists in your area to examine your teeth and veneers. The dentist will explain possible causes, but you may require an exam and X-rays to identify the source of the problem. Your treatment options may include:
- Lightening your teeth beneath the veneers – Teeth bleaching may lighten your teeth.
- Polishing the veneers – Diamond polishing instruments and paste may improve the veneers’ appearance.
- Replacing the veneers – You may need new porcelain veneers.
Check cosmetic dentists’ credentials and reviews before scheduling consultations.
Beverly Hills accredited fellow of cosmetic dentistry Dr. Brian LeSage sponsors this post.