Chipped, cracked, or discolored teeth can leave you feeling self-conscious. Fortunately, porcelain veneers can improve the appearance of your smile.
Understanding how to properly care for your veneers can help you enjoy beautiful, long-lasting results. Here, our team in Montreal, QC, explores the best toothpastes for porcelain veneers so you can enjoy your new smile for many years to come. Contact Montreal Smiles today to find out if you are a good candidate for this treatment.
Does the Type of Toothpaste Really Matter?
Emphatically, yes. It is easy to think that all toothpastes are harmless and effective. But just because a product is sold over the counter does not make it safe. Some toothpastes are too abrasive, which can be a problem for patients with porcelain veneers.
Drawbacks of Abrasive Toothpastes
Many kinds of toothpastes have harsh or abrasive ingredients. In fact, baking soda is one such substance. Theoretically, it is supposed to help scrub stains off the teeth. But it can also scratch the ceramic material used to fabricate your veneers.
To avoid damage to veneers, we recommend that all patients steer clear of abrasive toothpastes.
Disadvantages of Whitening Toothpastes
First, it is important to understand that the color of veneers cannot be altered with whitening toothpastes. However, many patients use whitening paste to brighten their natural teeth. Unfortunately, these products are too harsh for porcelain veneers.
If you have veneers and would like to brighten your smile, consider dentist-supervised teeth whitening at our Montreal practice. This process can lighten your natural teeth up to eight shades.
Benefits of Non-abrasive Gel Toothpastes
At Montreal Smiles, we recommend that all patients use non-abrasive fluoride toothpaste. Often, gel pastes do not contain harsh ingredients. Be sure to read the label to ensure there are no harmful ingredients, such as baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, or whitening agents.
In addition, you should always choose a toothpaste that has the CDA seal on the box. This means the product has been fully tested and verified as safe by the Canadian Dental Association.
What Kind of Toothbrush Should I Use?
The type of toothbrush you use is just as important as the kind of toothpaste. Medium- and hard-bristled brushes can wear down natural tooth enamel and damage your porcelain veneers over time. That is why we always recommend using a soft-bristled toothbrush. This will also help reduce the risk of gum recession.
What Is the Lifespan of Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers last around 10 years on average. However, as dental materials continue to improve, their lifespan could last significantly longer. Taking care of your veneers now can help ensure your smile stays healthy and beautiful.
Contact Our Practice for More Information
Do you want to learn more about porcelain veneers, hygiene tips, or any of the other services we offer at our practice? If so, contact Montreal Smiles online. You can also call us at (514) 733-3933. We look forward to helping you achieve your most beautiful smile.