I had a complete smile makeover done just over six months ago. That’s 20 porcelain veneers and they are turning gray! I’ve been wracking my brain as to why this is happening and now I’m wondering if it could be my Listerine? I’m kind of addicted to it. I love fresh breath. Also, I use a hard bristled brush and Colgate. Would any of these products be the reason they are turning gray? I paid way too much money to have ugly porcelain veneers after less than a year. My dentist didn’t tell me anything about avoiding certain products. Any idea what’s up?
-Paul in New Jersey
It is unfortunate that your cosmetic dentist didn’t provide you with care and maintenance instructions for your new porcelain veneers. He or she may not be the best cosmetic dentist. Here are a couple pointers. First off, you need to avoid oral hygiene products with alcohol in them. So, be sure to check out the labels on the mouthwash and avoid any alcohol-containing products.
Also, a soft bristled toothbrush is best. Avoid any abrasive toothbrushes or products. Avoid tartar control or whitening toothpastes because they are abrasive. Many expert cosmetic dentists recommend a product called Supersmile for cosmetic dentistry. But, regular Colgate shouldn’t be causing any damage to them.
That said, the products aren’t likely what is causing your porcelain veneers to be turning gray. The Listerine and hard brush may damage the margins, which may eventually lead to staining. But, at only six months after having the veneers placed, you should not be seeing gray. So, there are a couple other possibilities. If the product wasn’t really porcelain, you may end up with issues like this. Or, what you are describing is consistent with damage to the glaze that protects the porcelain veneers.
Have you been in for a regular cleaning to the dentist? If so, it is possible that the hygienist may have damaged them if a Prophy Jet was used for polishing. This type of abrasive equipment works wonderful on natural teeth, but can damage cosmetic work. You have every right to contact your cosmetic dentist and let them know what is happening. Or, you may be better off seeking an independent opinion at this point.
Sorry you aren’t happy with your smile makeover. It’s always difficult to give assess issues without having seen you in person. Hopefully, a second opinion will get you some answers.
This post is sponsored by Barrington cosmetic dentist James T. Gavrilos, DDS.