I am having trouble with my new porcelain veneers. I had them placed about eight months ago. Since then, they have started turning gray and I am really distraught about this. I spent everything I had to get them. I looked up some things on the internet and it sounds like I could have damaged them. I’ve been using Listerine after brushing. I did not realize that was a problem. No one gave me any instructions about how to care for them or what not to do. Is there anything I can do to get them back to the way they were?
I am sorry that your dental office did not give you any guidance on caring for your porcelain veneers. They should have. While using Listerine is not a good idea, it would not be the cause of your veneers turning gray. What can happen is the alcohol content in the mouthwash can damage the bonding. If you want to use a mouthwash, I recommend you use one that is alcohol-free. I believe Colgate has an alcohol-free mouthwash. Just look at the ingredients before purchasing to know with certainty.
I see a couple of possibilities for why these veneers are turning gray. The first is that you did not really get porcelain veneers and the surface is picking up stains. Some dentists will place composite bonding and call them veneers. This is unethical and just plain dishonest.
The second possibility is that something damaged the glazing on your porcelain veneers. You mentioned that it has been about eight months since they were placed. If you recently had a dental cleaning, then it is possible that your hygienist used something like a power prophy jet during your cleaning. If your dentist did not educate you on how to care for your veneers, then he may not have instructed his hygienist either.
A prophy jet will completely remove the glaze, which is what protects the veneers from stains. If that was removed, it would not take long for them to start changing color.
Either way, it sounds to me like your dentist is responsible for fixing this. Either his office damaged them or they did not give you what they said they did. I would insist they fix this. You may want to see an expert cosmetic dentist who can put eyes on your veneers and tell you exactly what happened. This will give you some leverage. Make sure you see someone who is AACD accredited for that second opinion. They are the top cosmetic dentists in the country.
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