A couple of weeks ago I had some porcelain veneers placed. While I was there everything looked fine. However, when I got home I noticed a small horizontal scratch across one of them. I could even feel it with my tongue. I went directly back in and showed them. They got the dentist who said he could fix it right then. He sat me in a chair and smoothed it out, which was his description of the repair. I looked and couldn’t see the scratch and everything felt normal with my tongue so went home satisfied. Now I am noticing that the area he repaired seems duller than the rest of the tooth and I’m wondering if the fix could have changed the color at all. Should I be worried about this? I paid a lot of money for this smile makeover.
It sounds like when your dentist buffed out the scratch, he did it by removing the glaze on the veneer. This needs to be repaired as quickly as possible. It is the protective glaze that protects your porcelain veneers from picking up stains. Left the way it is, that area of your tooth will soon be a completely different color than the remainder of your smile.
Because he caused the damage, he needs to make this right. Generally, when this happens, the repair is simple, but it does require some technical knowledge and equipment that includes using a diamond polishing paste. Because he didn’t use this in the original repair, I suspect he does not do a lot of cosmetic dentistry and will not know how to do the repair this way.
In that case, you are better off asking him to simply replace the porcelain veneer. That should be easy to do because he already has the instructions ready from when he did it last time. Don’t put off calling him about this. The longer it stays this way the more stains the veneer will pick up and he may even try to blame you for it. Calling him now connects it with his repair.
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