Best Toothpastes for Porcelain Veneers
Porcelain veneers bond to the facial surface of the teeth to conceal a wide range of cosmetic flaws, including dental stains, discoloration, superficial dental damage, and minor misalignment problems. With veneers in place, the teeth will appear brighter, whiter, and more uniform.
After undergoing porcelain veneers treatment at the Cosmetic Dentistry Institute, it is important that patients take proper care of their teeth and veneers to prolong the results of treatment. Brushing and flossing are an important part of any good oral health routine, and are vital to preventing dental complications that could require porcelain veneers to be replaced.
It is important that our Troy, MI patients choose the best toothpastes for porcelain veneers to avoid damaging their veneers.
Avoid Whitening Toothpastes
Understandably, patients who have porcelain veneers placed are eager to maintain the bright, white color of their veneers, as well as any untreated natural teeth. Since color is so important, a whitening toothpaste would seem like an appropriate choice. However, whitening toothpastes are actually not a good option for porcelain veneers.
Whitening toothpastes contain chemicals and abrasive materials that can damage porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers are generally resistant to stains and discoloration, but if they become damaged, food particles and other staining materials can get stuck in small grooves, and discolor the veneers.
Choose a Non-abrasive Gel
The best toothpastes for porcelain veneers those that are non-abrasive. Unfortunately, many over-the-counter toothpastes contain ingredients that can damage porcelain veneers by causing small scratches or grooves. Damage may not be visible to the naked eye, but it will create areas where food particles can get stuck. And over time, porcelain veneers that are brushed with abrasive toothpastes will lose their sheen and luster.
Toothpastes that are a paste consistency are especially likely to contain abrasive ingredients, which is why a gel is best. But even a gel toothpaste can damage porcelain veneers if it contains certain ingredients.
It is important that our patients read the ingredient list before purchasing a toothpaste. We suggest that patients avoid any toothpastes that contain hydrogen peroxide or baking soda, as both can be too harsh on porcelain veneers. Toothpastes that are formulated for sensitive teeth tend to be good options.
Your Toothbrush Matters
Choosing the right toothpaste is important after porcelain veneers treatment, but even the gentlest toothpaste will not protect restorations if our Troy patients are using the wrong toothbrush. Toothbrushes that have bristles that are labeled as “hard” will be too harsh on porcelain veneers. Toothbrushes with soft bristles are best after porcelain veneers treatment and will be a good complement to non-abrasive gel toothpastes.
Porcelain veneers address a wide range of cosmetic imperfections to enhance the natural beauty of the smile. If you have questions about porcelain veneers, or would like to know if you are an ideal candidate for treatment, we encourage you to contact us at your earliest convenience. You can schedule an appointment with one of the experienced dentists at the Cosmetic Dentistry Institute by calling (248) 519-1919.