Thanks to porcelain veneers, you can smile with absolute confidence. These thin shells of dental ceramic can block various cosmetic flaws from view, such as chips, cracks, stains, and gaps. Dr. Steven M. Balloch has achieved full smile makeovers at his Glastonbury, CT cosmetic dentistry center using porcelain veneers alone.
To make your porcelain veneers last as long as possible, it’s essential for you to practice good oral hygiene. That said, all toothpastes are not ideal when you have porcelain veneers. Let’s talk about the unexpected harm that toothpastes can do when you have veneers. We’ll then suggest the ideal toothpaste for patients with porcelain veneers.
Why Your Toothpaste Matters When You Have Veneers
Even though porcelain veneers are durable and stain-resistant, they can be weakened and worn down over time. Certain substances are not great for your veneers, and they can take years off their lifespan if you’re not careful. This is why it’s so important to pick the right toothpaste after undergoing cosmetic dental work. The wrong toothpaste means your smile may not look its best for long.
Why You Should Avoid Toothpastes with Abrasive Ingredients
Abrasives are common in many toothpastes. Baking soda is a common abrasive in many dental care products, for instance. Other common abrasives include calcium carbonate, dehydrated silica gels, hydrated aluminum oxides, magnesium carbonate, phosphate salts, and silicates. These abrasives act like fine grain sandpaper on your veneers, wearing down structure every time you clean your teeth.
Why You Should Avoid Whitening Toothpastes
We mentioned that porcelain veneers are stain resistant, which means whitening toothpastes won’t make them any brighter. Yet there is a more important reason why whitening toothpastes have to be avoided. The hydrogen peroxide in whitening toothpastes can soften veneer material, which results in additional wear when brushing your teeth, and can exacerbate the damage done by abrasives.
The Ideal Toothpaste: Non-Abrasive Gels
Given the damage done by whitening ingredients and abrasives, we recommend our Glastonbury porcelain veneer patients use non-abrasive gel toothpastes. These kinds of toothpastes are often labeled as ideal for cosmetic dentistry patients, or great for people with crowns, porcelain veneers, and other kinds of tooth-colored dental work.
During the consultation process, we can recommend some non-abrasive gel toothpastes to you and help you know what to look for on labels.
Use the Right Kind of Toothbrush as Well
Since your toothpaste makes a difference, it may not be a surprise that your toothbrush can make a difference as well. To avoid doing harm to your porcelain veneers, we recommend using a soft-bristled toothbrush with a small head. This helps you access the hard-to-reach parts of your mouth and gently polish your teeth clean.
Attend Regular Dental Checkups
If you want to have veneers that last as long as possible, be sure to visit your dentist for regular checkups. Cleanings and exams every six months allows dentists to perform crucial preventative care. We can also monitor the condition of your veneers and help you know if they need to be replaced.
Contact Our Practice
If you live in the Glastonbury area and would like more information about porcelain veneers, be sure to contact a skilled cosmetic and restorative dentist. You can reach our practice by phone at (860) 788-4446.