Category Archives: Dental Hygienist

Did my hygienist ruin my porcelain veneers?

I went to my general dentist after getting porcelain veneers. They were gorgeous, but a week or two after the appointment they started picking up stains. I haven’t done anything different and I’m wondering if something could have happened at my dental appointment to damage them?

Manny L. – Portland, OR

Manny,

It is possible that your hygienist damged your porcelain veneers during the cleaning process. If they used power polishing, such as a prophy jet. The hygienist won’t even know that the they were damaged, because it your teeth will look fine at the end of the appointment. Unfortunately, the glaze will be completely removed. That is why you started picking up stains.

There are other things that can damage veneers in an appointment as well. Ultrasonic scalers and heavy manual scalers can chip the veneers. Pumice can scratch the veneers.

It sounds like you may have gone to a dental hygienist who is unfamilar with cosmetic work.

It’s possible to restore the shine to your veneers using diamond grit polishers. However, this is a very advanced technique. Your average dentist won’t be familiar with it. I would go back to your cosmetic dentist and ask him what he thinks.

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My dental hygienist is HOT

I’ve been going to the same dentist for years. This year he got a new hygienist. I am really attracted to her. Like distractingly attractive. Is it appropriate to ask her out?

Bran E. – Michigan

Bran,

There isn’t anything inappropriate about asking her out. It’s likely  your hygienist will be flattered . Just bear in mind that she is a professional. Don’t make her job uncomfortable for her if she declines.

Whether she says yes or no, you know that you will at least enjoy your dental appoitments. There doesn’t seem to be a downside here unless she turns you down and you don’t handle that well. Years ago, we had a dental hygienist in our office, and one of her patients asked her out. They hit it off together and she ended up marrying him. So you never know.

Don’t become the creepy stalker dental patient.

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