If you have invested in the smile of your dreams using veneers, your results will look and feel natural. Your new smile can last for a decade or longer with the proper care, but simple mistakes can tarnish them, like using the wrong toothpaste. Believe it or not, the dental products you use are crucial to the lifespan of your veneers. Here’s how to choose the best toothpaste for veneers, and a few additional simple tips to safeguard your smile.
Oral Hygiene and Your Veneers
Your veneers aren’t vulnerable to tooth decay, but your underlying teeth can still get cavities. Your gum health is also important to the success of your smile. Your oral hygiene will keep your teeth and gums healthy to ensure your veneers have the support they need. You’ll also prolong the longevity of your veneers for an investment that can last for 10 years or more.
Your dentist recommends brushing for at least 2 minutes in the morning and night. Use high-quality dental floss to clean between each tooth at least once daily. Consider using an alcohol-free mouthrinse to kill any bacterial left behind by your toothbrush and floss.
Why Does Toothpaste Matter?
Porcelain is very durable, but certain toothpaste can scratch them. Food particles and plaque can get trapped in the small crevasses, causing your smile to look dull. You can prevent damaging your veneers protect your investment by avoiding:
- Abrasive Toothpaste: Toothpaste containing baking soda and other abrasive ingredients are designed to remove plaque to polish your teeth. However, they can ruin the shine and texture of your veneers.
- Whitening Toothpaste: Whitening toothpaste won’t have any effect on veneers. Not to mention, they often contain hydrogen peroxide, which can damage the structure of your veneers.
Does My Toothbrush Matter?
Your toothbrush is equally important as the toothpaste you choose. Hard bristles can scratch the veneers and wear down their surfaces over time. It’s better to use a soft-bristled toothbrush. Be cautious not to apply too much pressure when brushing your teeth.
Enjoy a Radiant Smile that Lasts
Besides caring for your veneers at home, don’t forget to visit your dentist at least twice a year for a cleaning and checkup. They’ll keep your teeth and gums healthy while also checking your veneers to ensure they are bonded securely and undamaged. If one ever breaks or falls off, your dentist can replace it to restore your stunning smile.
Don’t let the wrong toothpaste blemish the smile of your dreams. Choose the right products to enjoy radiant results that last.
About Dr. Amin Tabatabaian
Dr. Tabatabaian earned his dental degree from The Ohio State College of Dentistry before continuing his training in sleep apnea, implant placement, and cosmetic dentistry. As a member of the American Dental Association and the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, he has the qualifications you can trust. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation for veneers.