Veneers can give you a picture-perfect smile quickly that can last for a decade or longer. You won’t have to undergo multiple procedures to address stains, chips, gaps, and other imperfections. After just two appointments, you can have the smile of your dreams. Don’t let something as simple as using the wrong toothpaste compromise your investment. Here’s how to choose the best toothpaste for your veneers.
Does Toothpaste Really Matter?
Veneers are durable, but they aren’t any match for the incorrect toothpaste. Not all toothpaste is the same. Many are abrasive or contain chemicals that can damage your veneers over time:
- Abrasive Toothpaste: Abrasive toothpaste can scratch the protective coating on your veneers, which can cause them to look discolored. Food particles and plaque can get trapped in the small spaces, damaging your veneers and causing unwanted odors.
- Whitening Toothpaste: Most whitening toothpaste is abrasive and many contain hydrogen peroxide, which can weaken the bonding material holding your veneers to your teeth. Not to mention, whitening products can improve the color of your natural teeth, causing inconsistencies that can make veneers more noticeable.
The Right Dental Products Matter
You have many toothpastes to choose from, but it’s best to look for a nonabrasive gel. Look for one that’s earned the American Dental Association’s Seal of Acceptance, which means it has undergone voluntary testing to ensure its safety and effectiveness.
Besides toothpaste, your toothbrush is the most frequently used product. Choose one with soft bristles to prevent scratching your veneers. Brush your teeth at least twice daily and don’t forget to floss.
Good Oral Hygiene Protects Your Investment
Veneers can’t get cavities, but good oral hygiene is crucial to ensuring your new smile thrives. Your underlying teeth are still vulnerable to decay, and you can still get gum disease. Good oral hygiene habits will keep both issues at bay to keep your mouth healthy.
Besides brushing and flossing at home, visit your dentist every 6 months for a cleaning and checkup. They’ll check your veneers at each appointment to ensure they are undamaged and looking their best.
Veneers can last for 10 years or more before needing to be replaced. Beak any bad habits that can ruin your veneers, like using your teeth in place of scissors or other tools. Don’t chew on your fingernails or any other inedible objects. Wear an athletic mouthguard if you play sports. You will enjoy long-lasting results and won’t think twice before showing off your pretty whites.
About Dr. Andrew Luccio
Dr. Luccio earned his dental degree at the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine and earned the American Academy of Periodontology’s Achievement Award. He has regularly continued his education to provide many specialty services, including cosmetic dentistry. He strives to help each patient achieve their best smile. Request an appointment through our website or call (508) 500-1160.