Q: I had porcelain veneers done about five years ago in New York. A couple have popped off and needed re-cementing and I notice the color is darkening. Why is this? Is this normal?
A: Some refer to porcelain veneers as “laminates”. I don’t like this term as it sounds like the linoleum floor from my grandmother’s little kitchen they had in the back of their furniture store in Green Point Brooklyn. The kitchen always smelled like a mixture of her egg salad and stove gas. I always envisioned that the store was going to blow up from a gas leak and Green Point Avenue would be painted in egg salad. A tragedy no doubt, but easily cleaned up with some melba toast.
I have literally placed thousands of veneers over my almost thirty-two years in practice both in Manhattan and Palm Beach. Life changing for some, age reversing for all. I too have upper and lower veneers which were done over twenty years ago.
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