You’ve done it; you’ve finally invested in your smile, and your brand new veneers look fantastic! But now it’s a matter of keeping them that way—your veneers, like your natural teeth, are susceptible to staining and becoming damaged over time if you don’t take proper care of them. While brushing and flossing daily are crucial, so is selecting the correct toothpaste. Here’s what you need to know about picking one that will serve your veneers well.
Which Toothpaste Is the Best for My Veneers?
Upon receiving them, brand-new porcelain veneers look stunning—however, they won’t stay that way for long if you don’t keep them clean. This is where your toothpaste plays a major role. While there isn’t some magic, specialty toothpaste that you need to search far and wide for, there are certain things you want to consider.
You want something that is both gentle and effective, meaning you must be mindful of its contents. Most products have their ingredients listed on their packaging. Some toothpastes contain abrasive agents like baking soda, which polishes your teeth and removes plaque. However, these agents can also scratch the surface of your veneers and compromise their shine, meaning they should be avoided.
Other toothpastes contain whitening agents such as hydrogen peroxide. Even though whitening toothpastes might seem like a good idea for your veneers, you shouldn’t use them. Certain types of whitening agents can damage the very structure of your veneers! Even if you have stained natural teeth that are adjacent to your veneers, avoid treating them with a whitening toothpaste.
What About My Toothbrush?
If you’re able to get your hands on a non-abrasive gel toothpaste—ideally one that’s free of whitening agents—then you’re on the right track. But the brush you’re using to apply that toothpaste is just as important; you need to compliment it with a soft-bristle toothbrush. Even if you select the perfect toothpaste, a faulty brush could damage your veneers, so avoid brushes with hard or frayed bristles.
Also be sure to apply light, gentle pressure as you brush—heavy-handedness, even with the correct toothbrush, can sometimes cause damage. Take your time and use small, circular motions along each surface of every veneer, and hold the brush at an angle to clean along the gumline.
Just because your veneers look great now doesn’t mean they’ll stay that way on their own. Maintaining good oral hygiene is the key to preserving their look and integrity, and the correct toothpaste will go a long way towards that.
About the Author
Dr. Steven H. Feit received his DMD from the New Jersey Dental School and is a member of many professional organizations, including the American Dental Association and the Florida Dental Association, among others. His practice offers a wide range of services to the greater Boca Raton community, including cosmetic, preventive, restorative, and emergency dentistry. Dr. Feit has over 30 years of experience and knowledge in his field, and he would be happy to assist you with any questions you have. You can contact him through his website or by telephone: (561) 338-7535.