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    Question:
    Veneers Implants and Discoloring: About 7 years ago I had 2 implants put on my lateral incisors and 4 porcelein veneers put on the surrounding teeth (central incisors and cuspids) to match.

    For a few years they were beatiful and matched perfectly. But recently I have noticed that the veneers now appear to be darker than the two implants.

    I understand that the porcelein does not stain and so I tried to whiten the back of my veneered teeth (thinking that the translucence of the veneers my be allowing stained rears of the to show through, but that has had no effect. I'm hoping I don't have to get them replaced. ...Visitor from NY

    Answer:
    It sounds like you had congenitally missing teeth that were replaced with implants and crowns.

    These implant crowns are backed by metal and have an opaque layer and will not change color. You are correct in your sentence that porcelain does not stain.

    However, it sounds like fluids are getting up underneath your veneers, which may be leading to the darkening of your teeth. My recommendation would be to continue to try to bleach your teeth which could help to lighten the teeth underneath your veneers.

    Since I cannot examine you over the Internet to see how soundly your veneers were placed, you may want seek a second opinion from another dentist to evaluate the fit of your veneers.

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