Finding the Best Toothpaste for Porcelain Veneers
By Dr. Everett Heringer on August 06, 2019
Porcelain veneers are a popular and versatile cosmetic dentistry treatments. Porcelain veneers cover the facial surface of the teeth to conceal imperfections such as gapped teeth, misshapen teeth, discolored teeth, and minor chips or cracks.
The strength and durability of porcelain veneers is one of the many benefits they offer. At Dr. Everett E. Heringer’s practice in Bismarck, ND, we encourage patients to practice good oral hygiene habits following porcelain veneers treatment. This can prevent dental complications and damage. Here, patients can learn more about how to find the best toothpaste for porcelain veneers. With proper care, porcelain veneers can enhance the smile for a decade or more.
Dos and Don’ts for Porcelain Veneers Toothpaste
Many patients worry about how to care for their teeth once porcelain veneers have been placed. The bond that is created during porcelain veneers placement is so strong that the veneers feel like a natural part of the smile. Teeth that have been treated with porcelain veneers will function just like the natural teeth, and can be cared for in the same manner.
Selecting a toothpaste for porcelain veneers is not that different from choosing a toothpaste for the natural teeth. The only real difference is that our Bismarck patients need to be especially careful about avoiding toothpastes that could scratch or damage the delicate surface of porcelain veneers. Any minor blemishes could cause porcelain veneers to lose their luster or wear down prematurely.
We recommend that patients consider a few simple dos and don’ts when shopping for a toothpaste after porcelain veneers treatment.
- Look for a toothpaste with fluoride or other cavity-fighting ingredients
- Opt for a gel toothpaste that is softer and smoother than paste formulas
- Read ingredients labels before purchasing a toothpaste
- Consider toothpastes with gentle formulations or those designed for sensitive teeth
- Use a whitening toothpaste on porcelain veneers
- Choose toothpastes with abrasive or potentially damaging ingredients like baking soda or hydrogen peroxide
- Feel obligated to purchase a prescription toothpaste; many over-the-counter options are ideal for porcelain veneers
Use the Right Brushing Technique
Selecting a toothpaste that is strong enough to fight cavities, yet gentle enough to preserve porcelain veneers is a great place to start. However, our Bismarck patients also need to be sure that they are using the correct brushing technique. It is equally important that patients choose a toothbrush that won’t damage porcelain veneers.
Dr. Heringer recommends that our porcelain veneers patients brush with a toothbrush that has soft bristles. Hard bristles can scratch the surface of porcelain veneers, no matter what type of toothpaste is being used. Patients also need to avoid applying too much pressure when brushing the teeth. Patients should use gentle circular strokes, moving the toothbrush as they go so that they cover all surfaces of the teeth.
Porcelain veneers address the most common cosmetic flaws to help our patients have brighter, whiter, and more attractive teeth. Contact us to learn more about porcelain veneers treatment and how to care for them. Or, schedule an appointment with Dr. Everett E. Heringer by calling (701) 255-4850.
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