March 29, 2022
After years of being unhappy with your teeth, you’ve finally received a beautiful new smile! Your porcelain veneers look dazzling and fantastic; but now, you’re wondering what you need to do to keep them that way. While brushing and flossing daily are crucial, selecting the correct toothpaste for your veneers is equally important—so which one is right for your brand-new pearly whites?
Can Toothpaste Help My Veneers?
Just because your veneers look perfect now does not mean they will look perfect in the future—good oral hygiene is integral to preserving their integrity, and your toothpaste plays a vital role. Between all the available toothpastes out there, there are many that can help both your natural teeth as well as your veneers. You just have to know what to look for.
Which Toothpaste Should I Use on My Veneers?
Although there isn’t a specialty toothpaste that you need to hunt down to use on your veneers, there are sure things you do want to look for, as certain toothpastes can damage them. You need a toothpaste that is gentle and effective, but you also need to be mindful of its contents. Most products have their ingredients listed on their packaging, so it never hurts to double-check.
Some toothpastes contain abrasive agents, such as baking soda, which help to remove plaque and polish your teeth. However, these abrasive agents can also scratch the surface of your veneers, which dulls the shine and compromises the texture.
Additionally, some toothpastes contain whitening agents such as hydrogen peroxide. While it might seem like a good idea to use whitening toothpaste, especially if you have untreated, stained teeth surrounding your veneers, it often isn’t—these types of whitening agents can damage the very structure of your them! Be mindful of the contents of whichever toothpaste you’re considering.
Your Toothbrush Matters, Too!
Keep in mind that your toothbrush will compliment whichever toothpaste you choose, so pairing a non-abrasive toothpaste and a brush with softer bristles is a safe and smart bet. Even if you do select a preferrable toothpaste, you don’t want your toothbrush causing any accidental damage to your veneers. Be sure that once you settle on a toothbrush, you’re applying light pressure as you brush—heavy-handedness can lead to wear and damage, even with soft bristles.
Life with veneers is certainly revolutionary; however, a little extra care and precaution, especially when it comes to your toothpaste, will ensure that your life stays exciting, and your smile stays beautiful.
About the Author
Dr. Marianna Gaitsgory received her DMD from the Goldman School of Dental Medicine at Boston University and has been in practice for many years. She has experience in various areas of dentistry including preventive, restorative, and cosmetic. She emphasizes patient comfort and strives to remain up to date in all dental technologies and procedures. If you have any questions about the article, you can contact Dr. Gaitsgory through her website or (508) 875-0900.
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