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By Dwight D. Peccora, DDS on

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Porcelain veneers conceal oral blemishes to give patients straighter, whiter, and more attractive teeth. Although porcelain veneers are durable, they are not meant to last forever. However, the goal is to make them last as long as possible.

To prolong the lifespan of porcelain veneers, patients need to practice good oral hygiene habits. Brushing is one of the best ways to care for the teeth, but some toothpastes can be damaging to veneers. The team of dentists at Fort Bend Dental help our Missouri City, TX, patients choose the best toothpaste for porcelain veneers so that they enjoy attractive restorations for many years.

Consider a Toothpaste Formulated for Dental Restorations

There are many toothpastes available to consumers these days, and some patients can find the array of selections overwhelming. It can be daunting to look through all the toothpastes on the shelf to find the one that will be most effective at caring for the teeth and protecting porcelain veneers.

If a person is willing to pay a little more for their toothpaste, they can make the process very easy by shopping for one that is specifically designed for dental restorations and veneers. These toothpastes will keep the teeth and gums clean without being too harsh on porcelain veneers.

Skip Abrasive Ingredients

If our Missouri City patients don’t mind spending a little more time shopping for a toothpaste, they can find one that is safe for porcelain veneers among the regular toothpastes on the shelf.

One of the main things that porcelain veneers patients should consider is the abrasiveness of the toothpaste. Abrasive ingredients can damage the surface of veneers over time, causing them to look dull and worn down. Some ingredients that should be avoided are baking soda and hydrogen peroxide.

Gel toothpastes are generally softer than pastes, so that is a good place to start.

Prioritize Cavity Prevention

Cavity prevention is another important feature to consider when shopping for a toothpaste for porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers are made of ceramic materials that cannot be damaged by bacteria. However, the natural teeth beneath the veneers can still develop decay.

If a cavity or infection develops, porcelain veneers would need to be removed to treat the condition. Patients can prolong the lifespan of their porcelain veneers by choosing a cavity-preventing toothpaste that contains fluoride.

Non-whitening Is Best

After porcelain veneers are placed, patients are often eager to maintain the appearance of their smile. Tooth color is usually a big concern for patients. However, we recommend that our Missouri City patients stay away from whitening toothpastes after porcelain veneers treatment. Most contain hydrogen peroxide, which can be damaging to veneers.

Additionally, porcelain veneers are designed to match a patient’s natural tooth color, so that they blend in with adjacent teeth. If the natural teeth are whitened, they may look brighter than porcelain veneers, which could create a mismatched smile.

Get in Touch

Porcelain veneers can conceal aesthetic flaws to give you the attractive smile you have always desired. If you are interested in learning more about porcelain veneers, or the aftercare of these prosthetics, get in touch with our dental team at your earliest convenience, or call (281) 336-9899 to schedule an appointment.

Posted on behalf of Fort Bend Dental

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