Veneers are a cosmetic dental treatment that can take teeth in basically any condition and transform them into the perfect smile of your dreams! If you’re getting veneers soon, you may be looking forward to what they have to offer to you, and how your smile is going to look.
However, veneers also come with a responsibility to care for them properly if you want them to look their best. Brushing is a good example; when you brush your veneers, you likely have to use a different toothpaste than you will for your natural teeth. Here’s a guide to how you can pick out a toothpaste for your veneers.
What Toothpaste Should I Avoid with My Veneers?
Before you understand which toothpaste you should get for your veneers, you need to know which ones are important to avoid. Veneers are typically made of porcelain, which can be sculpted easily and resembles a beautifully white smile. However, it’s also a little softer than your enamel, which means that certain toothpaste that is fine for natural teeth could hurt your veneers.
Gritty toothpaste, like those containing baking soda and charcoal, can potentially scratch up the porcelain of your veneers. Whitening toothpastes that contain hydrogen peroxide are also a problem; not only are they ineffective on porcelain, but they can potentially weaken the adhesive that connects your veneers to your teeth.
What Toothpaste Should I Use on Veneers?
If you have veneers, it’s important that you avoid the kinds of toothpaste mentioned above. However, outside of them, you don’t have to be all that choosy. Find a nice fluoride toothpaste that avoids the above two categories, and use a soft-bristled toothbrush to brush with it twice a day.
Keep those things in mind, and your veneers should stay bright and shining for a long time to come!
About the Author
Dr. Julie Young is a dentist who believes that dentistry is an art form, and that it’s her responsibility to offer the latest in oral medicine to her patients. To do that, she works hard to always stay at the top of her field. Dr. Young is a graduate of the University of the Pacific, School of Dentistry. She has been a dentist for over 23 years, and maintains active membership in the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.
If you have any questions about taking care of your veneers, she can be reached at her website or by phone at (415) 924-5300.