Are you ready to turn the smile of your dreams into reality? Veneers can provide the quick, drastic results you want using a minimally invasive procedure. However, they are a big investment. You don’t want anything to compromise your new smile, like using the wrong toothpaste. Your home oral hygiene habits are vital to the long-term success of your veneers, so you want to use the right products. Here’s how to choose the best toothpaste to maintain your picture-perfect smile.
The Right Toothpaste is Important
A veneer is a thin shell made of porcelain that covers the front side of a tooth to improve its color, size, and shape. They can address multiple aesthetic flaws simultaneously when applied to the teeth visible when smiling. Although veneers are thinner than ever, they are durable and can last for 10 years or more with the right care. Unfortunately, they aren’t indestructible, which is why the type of toothpaste you use matters.
Abrasive dental products, including toothbrushes and toothpaste, can strip away the shiny coating on your veneers, making them look discolored. Not to mention, they can scratch their surfaces, which can trap plaque and food particles that can make your veneers look stained and shorten the lifespan of your new smile.
Many types of toothpaste are available, but your cosmetic dentist will recommend avoiding:
- Abrasive Toothpaste: Toothpaste containing baking soda or other abrasive agents can ruin the shine and texture of veneers by scratching them.
- Whitening Toothpaste: Hydrogen peroxide is often the main ingredient in whitening toothpaste. Not only is it ineffective on the color of veneers, but it can damage their structure over time.
It’s best to choose a gentle and effective toothpaste to protect your investment. Don’t forget to look for the American Dental Association’s Seal of Acceptance to ensure it’s safe and effective for use.
Your Toothbrush is Also Important
Your toothbrush is the most frequently used dental product you have to keep your mouth healthy. Although hard bristles are never a good idea, it’s vital you avoid them if you have veneers. Instead, look for a toothbrush with soft bristles and use gentle pressure when cleaning your teeth. The American Dental Association recommends brushing your teeth at least twice daily for 2 minutes each session. Besides brushing, floss between each tooth nightly to ensure your veneers thrive for a decade or longer.
Don’t let a simple mistake leave a lasting mark on your beautiful smile. With the right maintenance at home and from your dentist, you will have a healthy, attractive smile you’ll want to share with the world.
About Dr. Robert Graffeo
Dr. Graffeo achieved his dental degree from the NYU College of Dentistry and has completed countless hours of continuing education. He has undergone advanced training at Dawson Academy, Pankey Institute, and SPEAR Education to offer specialty services, like cosmetic dentistry. He provides the latest techniques and technologies to create each patient’s best smile. If you are interested in porcelain veneers, contact our office today to request your consultation.