What to Look for When Choosing Toothpaste for Porcelain Veneers

Nov 7, 2019 — by Joan Kirschner
Tags: Porcelain Veneers

A woman brushing her teethWhen dental imperfections affect the appearance of your smile, porcelain veneers can help. With porcelain veneers, it is possible to mask chips, close gaps, and conceal other types of cosmetic dental issues.

One of the benefits of porcelain veneers treatment is that they can be cared for just like the natural teeth. The only change some patients may need to make is with their toothpaste. To find out what is considered the best toothpaste for porcelain veneers, we welcome you to schedule an appointment at Plymouth General Dentistry in Plymouth, NH, with Dr. Joan Kirschner.

Why Change Your Toothpaste?

Caring for porcelain veneers is as easy as caring for your natural teeth. Just like the natural teeth, teeth treated with porcelain veneers should be brushed at least twice a day and flossed at least once a day.

Although changes don't need to be made to a good oral hygiene routine, the type of toothpaste used to brush veneers may need to be changed in order to prevent damage to the veneers and keep them looking their best for as long as possible.

Types of Toothpastes to Look for with Veneers

Porcelain veneers don't require a specialty toothpaste, but care should be taken when selecting a toothpaste. We recommend that our Plymouth patients look for toothpastes that are gentle yet effective at removing plaque.

Gel toothpastes and non-whitening toothpaste often fit this criteria, making them the best types of toothpaste for porcelain veneers.

Gel Toothpastes

Gel toothpastes are typically gentler than other types of toothpastes. This is because gel toothpastes are usually free of abrasives, like baking soda, which can scratch the veneers.

Gel toothpastes are a good choice for brushing teeth treated with veneers because they are effective at removing plaque and preventing gum disease without damaging the surface of the veneers.

Non-whitening Toothpastes

In addition to gel toothpastes, non-whitening toothpastes are recommended for our patients when caring for porcelain veneers. 

Whitening toothpastes are often too harsh for veneers and ineffective at whitening veneers or keeping them white. It's best that people with veneers stick to non-whitening toothpastes to prevent damage to their veneers.

What Types of Toothpastes Should Be Avoided?

When looking for the best toothpaste to care for veneers, certain types of toothpastes should be avoided. This includes abrasive toothpastes and whitening toothpastes.

Abrasive Toothpastes

Abrasives, like baking soda and aluminum oxide, are often added to toothpaste to clean and polish the teeth. Although these abrasives are typically gentle enough for the natural teeth, they can damage veneers. Toothpastes that are overly abrasive should be avoided because they can scratch the surface of veneers, which can lead to damage or cause veneers to lose their shine.

Toothpastes Formulated to Whiten the Teeth

Whitening toothpastes contain special ingredients, most commonly hydrogen peroxide, to lift stains and brighten the teeth. Whitening toothpastes can help keep the teeth pearly white, but they aren't the best choice when veneers are in place.

Some patients think using a whitening toothpaste will help keep their veneers looking their best, but this is far from the truth. The color of veneers cannot be changed with whitening toothpaste. In fact, some of these ingredients can damage the surface of porcelain veneers and impact their appearance.

Schedule a Consultation

For more information about caring for porcelain veneers, or to find out if porcelain veneers are right for you, we invite you to schedule a consultation. Please call our friendly staff in Plymouth at (603) 536-4301 to make an appointment.

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