Tips for Selecting the Best Toothpaste for Porcelain Veneers
Porcelain veneers bond to the facial surface of the teeth to enhance the appearance of the smile. Porcelain veneers mask a wide range of cosmetic flaws so that patients can have white, straight, attractive teeth.
Porcelain veneers are durable and can last for many years, but patients should do all they can to prolong the lifespan of their veneers. It is especially important that patients continue to brush their teeth regularly. Cosmetic dentist Robert W. Hessberger provides our Chicago, IL, patients with some important tips for selecting the best toothpaste for porcelain veneers.
Do: Read Labels
Porcelain veneers are made of strong ceramic materials. They are built to withstand regular biting and chewing, so the wrong toothpaste isn’t going to damage veneers overnight. However, with extended use, some toothpastes could scratch the surface of porcelain veneers and cause them to look aged or discolored.
To keep porcelain veneers looking bright and shiny for as long as possible, patients need to be a little more selective about the toothpaste they use. We advise our Chicago patients to read the ingredients label before purchasing a toothpaste. If a toothpaste has highly abrasive ingredients, like baking soda or hydrogen peroxide, it could compromise the appearance of the porcelain veneers.
Do: Look for Fluoride
Fluoride is an ingredient that patients should be looking for when shopping for porcelain veneers. Fluoride is an effective cavity preventer. Fluoride works with the minerals in the teeth to strengthen tooth enamel so it is more resistant to cavity-causing bacteria.
Some patients don’t think they have to worry about cavities once porcelain veneers are in place. However, even though veneers cannot develop decay, the teeth beneath them can. In fact, tooth decay is one of the most common reasons that porcelain veneers need to be removed and replaced prematurely.
Do: Opt for Gels
Reading labels is helpful, but with an aisle full of selections, a person could easily spend an hour trying to read the ingredients of every toothpaste in the store. An easy way to make the process a little faster is to opt for a gel paste. Gels are naturally smoother and softer than pastes so they will be less abrasive on porcelain veneers. And contrary to what many people think, gels are still just as effective at cleaning the teeth and gums.
Don’t: Choose a Whitening Toothpaste
One of the most common mistakes our Chicago patients make when shopping for a toothpaste for porcelain veneers is selecting a whitening toothpaste. Whitening toothpastes promise to brighten the teeth and enhance the smile, so why shouldn’t they be used?
There are actually two good reasons for patients to stay away from whitening toothpastes. First, whitening toothpastes don’t work on porcelain veneers, so while adjacent teeth may get brighter, the color of veneers will stay the same, which could make veneers stand out against the natural teeth. Second, whitening toothpastes often contain hydrogen peroxide, which is an abrasive ingredient that can scratch porcelain veneers and make them look dull.
Don’t: Forget about Your Toothbrush
It is great to be selective about the toothpaste that will be used on porcelain veneers, but your toothbrush is important too. Hard bristles can scratch or damage the surface of veneers. For the best protection, patients should select a toothbrush with soft bristles.
Porcelain veneers address cosmetic flaws to give our patients the straight, white, attractive teeth they desire. If you would like more information about cleaning and caring for porcelain veneers, contact us at your earliest convenience. Or, to find out if porcelain veneers are right for you, call (773) 792-5562 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Robert W. Hessberger.