Porcelain veneers are a durable and versatile cosmetic dentistry solution. Many Virginia Beach, VA patients at The Smile Center have had their smiles dramatically enhanced thanks to porcelain veneers. The best way to prolong the benefits of veneers is to practice good oral hygiene. What many people don’t realize is that the toothpaste they use could be doing serious damage to their veneers.
Dr. Scott Parr and Dr. Tara Frey would like to go over the impact certain toothpastes can have on porcelain veneers. Our team will then suggest the ideal toothpaste you should be using to keep your smile looking its best.
Yes, it does.
While porcelain veneers are durable, some toothpastes contain ingredients that are harmful to veneer materials. There are two particular kinds of toothpastes that you should avoid if you have porcelain veneers or crowns:
Let’s tackle each in more detail individually.
Abrasives are small particles that are included in toothpastes to help polish the teeth. Baking soda is a common abrasive, for instance. While baking soda and other abrasives may seem benign, they can act like fine-grain sandpaper on your veneers, wearing away the surface gradually over time. In fact, abrasives can have a similar effect on your natural tooth structure.
First things first, we should note that porcelain veneers are stain-resistant and cannot be bleached. Using a tooth whitening toothpaste won’t have an effect on the appearance of the veneers whatsoever.
Second, the whitening ingredients can impact the structure of the veneer. Hydrogen peroxide slightly softens the veneer material, which means you could be scrubbing away your veneer over time.
Given all of the facts above, we usually tell Virginia Beach patients who have porcelain veneers to use non-abrasive gel toothpastes. These kinds of toothpastes contain no harmful ingredients, and are gentle on veneers, crowns, and your natural tooth structure.
We can recommend various non-abrasive gel toothpastes to you as part of the consultation process. Generally, these kinds of toothpastes are identified as “cosmetic dentistry” toothpastes on the label, and may say that they’re great for people with porcelain veneers or crowns.
Your toothbrush can make a difference too. We recommend that patients with porcelain veneers use a soft-bristled toothbrush with a small head. This allows you to clean your teeth, veneers, and dental work gently. The small head allows you to access the hard-to-reach places of your smile, improving your fight against tooth decay and gum disease.
On average, porcelain veneers will last about 10 years, perhaps longer with good maintenance and care. When you stop by our practice for a checkup, we can let you know if your veneers need to be replaced. The process is simple and straightforward, and will help keep your smile looking its best.
For more information about porcelain veneers and whether or not they are ideal for you, be sure to contact our team of cosmetic and restorative dentists. You can reach our practice in Virginia Beach by calling (757) 204-5227.