Last month, I got a replacement veneer for one that broke and was too light. My dentist sent it back to the lab, and they baked on glaze to darken it. It looked good in the dental office, but after having the veneer on for two weeks, it is too dark and is not as shiny as the others. I am getting frustrated because my dentist bonded the veneer on. Is it too challenging to match a veneer to the others, or should my dentist be able to do this? – Thank you. Dawn from Austin, TX
Thank you for contacting Dr. Thomas’s office. We understand your concerns. Although Dr. Thomas would need to examine your veneers, we can provide general guidance.
What to Do When Your Porcelain Veneers Do Not Match
Your dentist should view your veneers in the correct lighting to achieve a color match. Many cosmetic dentists use color-correct fluorescent light in their offices to achieve a perfect match. Although some dentists may be able to polish away some of the tint to brighten your veneers, if your dentist is not skilled with this technique, it could worsen things.
If veneers return from the lab with the wrong color, an advanced cosmetic dentist may use this technique:
- Send a photograph of the shade discrepancy back to the lab
- Include a careful description of the color
- Be willing to get several tries to get it perfect
Polishing Your Veneers
A skilled cosmetic dentist can polish your veneer with specific diamond polishing wheels and pastes. If your dentist does not have these tools in stock or is unwilling to use them, you may need to see an advanced cosmetic dentist for veneer polishing.
We recommend visiting an advanced cosmetic dentist to examine your veneers and determine if they can achieve a color match in the office. Otherwise, the dentist can work with a lab to create a new matching veneer. If you decide to switch dentists, ask your current dentist for a copy of your dental records, including the history of your veneers treatment.
Sugar Land, Texas, cosmetic dentist Dr. Siny Thomas sponsors this post.