Best Toothpaste for Porcelain Veneers
Not only are porcelain veneers versatile, they’re also pretty durable. These thin shells of dental ceramic can withstand the usual kinds of wear and tear that natural teeth experience. If you want to make them last as long as possible, you’ll need to take proper care of your veneers. That means using the right toothpaste when you brush your teeth at least twice a day.
Dr. Michael Bixby and his team in Red Bank, NJ would like to discuss proper oral hygiene when you have porcelain veneers. These tips could extend the life of your veneers by years, which can save you money and also make the benefits of cosmetic dentistry treatment last longer.
Avoid Whitening Toothpastes
Teeth whitening toothpastes can brighten your smile. There are two problems, though:
- Porcelain veneer material cannot be whitened by toothpastes or other methods
- The hydrogen peroxide in whitening toothpastes can soften the veneer material, making the mere act of brushing your teeth potentially damaging
For this reason, patients with porcelain veneers and tooth-colored crowns need to avoid using teeth whitening toothpastes.
Avoid Toothpastes with Abrasive Ingredients
In addition to whitening toothpastes, patients with porcelain veneers need to avoid using toothpastes with abrasive ingredients. These tiny particles are like taking sandpaper to your veneers and crowns, wearing them down prematurely.
Common abrasive ingredients in toothpastes include:
- Baking soda
- Dehydrated silica gels
- Calcium carbonate
- Hydrated aluminum oxides
Consider this information a reminder of why you should read the ingredients of any products you buy.
The Best Toothpaste: Non-Abrasive Gels
When patients get porcelain veneers at our Red Bank practice, we tell them to switch to non-abrasive gel toothpastes. These toothpastes have all of the cleaning and cavity-fighting benefits of other toothpastes without any harmful ingredients.
Many non-abrasive gel toothpastes note on their labels that they are good for cosmetic dentistry patients or people who have veneers and crowns. We can recommend some good non-abrasive gel toothpastes to you when you’re at our practice.
Your Toothbrush Also Makes a Difference
The toothpaste you use is only part of the equation when it comes to dental health and wellness. Your toothbrush could also be causing unintentional damage to your porcelain veneers.
We recommend patients use a toothbrush with soft bristles. Soft bristles are delicate on your teeth as well as your veneers, meaning they can clean without causing damage. A small head on a toothbrush is also ideal as it allows you to access the hard-to-reach parts of your mouth.
Making Your Porcelain Veneers Last as Long as Possible
Smart and diligent oral hygiene is just one way to increase the lifespan of your porcelain veneers. You should also regularly visit your dentist for checkups and wear face/mouth protection when applicable. We can go over other methods of extending the life of your cosmetic dentistry work during your visit to our practice.
Contact Dr. Michael Bixby
If you would like more information about smile makeover treatments that can revitalize your appearance, contact a skilled cosmetic and restorative dentist. You can also schedule a consultation at the Michael Bixby Center for Advanced Dentistry by calling (732) 365-4724. The entire dental care team here in Red Bank looks forward to hearing from you.