Almost seven years ago I had one porcelain veneer placed on my front tooth. I was very happy with the result. The tooth looked so natural and blended perfectly. But over the past year I have been noticing that it seems to be getting darker near the gumline. So because of this, in photos, it looks like one of my front teeth is small than the other one. Is it possible to get the top of the veneer whitened? Or do you know of any other alternative than having to get the veneer replaced? I have heard that whitening your tooth from behind the veneer is a possibility, but I have been doing this and haven’t noticed any difference.
– Kelly from Virginia
You are correct that you can whiten the tooth that the porcelain veneer is adhered to. But that doesn’t really sound like the logical solution from what you have described about your tooth. From what I understand, the veneer is now uneven in color and is becoming darker at the gumline. Teeth whitening will make the whole tooth whiter so it wouldn’t really work to pinpoint the exact location that you want whitened.
When a porcelain veneer begins to darken at the gumline, it is likely that it is leaking. The bonding may have washed away. Maybe the bond wasn’t as strong as it should be and the stain may be the result of decay on your tooth, underneath the veneer. It would be wise to visit with an excellent cosmetic dentist. Also, the only solution could very well be to have the veneer replaced. Under normal circumstances, a porcelain veneer should last longer than seven years. It is difficult to state what went wrong, but it is possible that the bonding procedure wasn’t adequate. The gumline area is indeed a difficult area when bonding if a dentist is not particularly experienced in cosmetic dentistry techniques.
It is important to realize that cosmetic dentistry is an art-form that only very few dentists have a knack for. I would be a bit hesitant to return to the same dentist that originally placed the veneer. You may want to consider seeking out an expert cosmetic dentist that has an extensive porcelain veneer portfolio that they can show you.
I hope this information is helpful to you.
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