If you have a smile that’s slightly chipped, cracked, or otherwise flawed, you may want to consider getting porcelain veneers, a versatile cosmetic dentistry option. These thin shells of dental ceramic blend in with your smile and are highly durable. Dr. Thomas G. Zarger, Jr. has helped countless patients in and around Knoxville, TN by used porcelain veneers.
Once porcelain veneers are in place, proper oral hygiene is essential for lasting results. Let’s take a moment to consider how the toothpaste you use can affect the result and lifespan of your porcelain veneers.
While porcelain veneers won’t stain and won’t decay, the underlying tooth structure can. Regular brushing and flossing of your teeth will ensure that the veneer continues to look totally natural while in place and the underlying tooth is free from cavities and decay.
Yet proper oral hygiene isn’t so straightforward, as you’re about to see.
It’s a surprise to many patients who get porcelain veneers at our Knoxville practice, but certain kinds of toothpaste are bad for your porcelain veneers. They can weaken and wear down veneers over time, shortening their lifespan and even affecting their appearance.
Generally speaking, you should avoid toothpastes that contain abrasive ingredients and whitening toothpastes.
These two toothpaste ingredients and components are bad for the health and longevity of your porcelain veneers:
Generally speaking, the best kind go toothpastes to use are non-abrasive gels. Sometimes these toothpastes will even note that they are designed for people with veneers or crowns.
Be sure to check online for non-abrasive or low-abrasive toothpaste recommendations. Reading the label on your toothpaste is also extremely important.
In addition to your toothpaste, your toothbrush can also make a difference when it comes to the health and longevity of your porcelain veneers. You should use a soft-bristled toothbrush with a small head whenever possible. This will allow you to clean the hard-to-reach spots of the mouth while also limiting the harm done to the actual surfaces of your teeth and your veneers.
With good oral hygiene and regular dental checkups, your porcelain veneers should last around 10 years, if not a bit longer. When your old veneers are ready to be replaced, our Knoxville dental care center can help.
If you would like to learn more about porcelain veneers and why they may be the right option for you and your needs, be sure to contact a skilled cosmetic and restorative dentist. You can reach Dr. Thomas G. Zarger, Jr. and his team by phone at (865) 693-7631.