Best Toothpastes for Porcelain Veneers

By Thomas G. Zarger Jr., D.D.S. on July 09, 2019

A woman brushing her teethIf 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.

Oral Hygiene After Getting Porcelain Veneers Is Important

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.

Can Certain Toothpastes Harm Porcelain Veneers?

Yes.

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.

Toothpaste Ingredients That Are Bad for Porcelain Veneers

These two toothpaste ingredients and components are bad for the health and longevity of your porcelain veneers:

  • Abrasives - While baking soda and other particulate matter in toothpastes helps polish and clean tooth surfaces, they can also wear down your porcelain veneers. Over time, the damage done by these abrasive ingredients can be quite serious.
  • Hydrogen Peroxide - Hydrogen peroxide and other whitening ingredients seem relatively benign, yet they can soften up your porcelain veneers and leave them more vulnerable to damage.

The Best Kind of Toothpaste: Non-Abrasive Gels

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.

Your Toothbrush Also Matters

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.

How Long Will My Porcelain Veneers Last?

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.

Learn More About Porcelain Veneers

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.

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