Whether performed as a standalone procedure or part of a smile makeover at Cosmetic Dentistry of New Mexico, porcelain veneers can dramatically improve the appearance of your smile. Fortunately, veneers do not require a lot of additional maintenance. However, there are a few guidelines that should be followed to keep your restorations in tip-top shape. In this article, Dr. Byron M. Wall and our Albuquerque, NM, dental team discuss proper oral hygiene tips for dental restorations, as well as the best toothpaste for porcelain veneers.
Not All Toothpastes Are Created Equal
Take a stroll down the oral healthcare aisle at your local pharmacy or grocery store, and you will find dozens of toothpaste brands. There are so many options that it can be overwhelming. Aside from choosing a brand, you must choose between pastes, gels, whitening formulas, and cavity-fighting formulas, and more.
When making this choice, it is important to understand that every toothpaste is different. The first thing you should do when choosing a toothpaste is look for the ADA Seal of Acceptance. This means that the product has been tested and deemed safe for use. Secondly, you must shop for a toothpaste that will meet your own unique oral health needs.
Toothpastes to Avoid
If you have porcelain veneers or other types of dental restorations, it is best to steer clear of any toothpaste with harsh or abrasive ingredients. This includes formulas with hydrogen peroxide or baking soda. As a result, whitening toothpastes are not recommended for veneer patients.
Veneers, crowns, and other dental restorations do not respond to whitening products. Ceramic does not lighten the way that natural tooth enamel does. However, the abrasives in the whitening paste can cause small scratches in the surface of your veneers. This can damage the restorations and actually make them more susceptible to damage and staining.
Toothpastes to Consider
If you have recently received veneers at our Albuquerque, NM, practice, try brushing with a non-abrasive gel formula rather than a toothpaste. Gels are less harsh and much gentler to dental restorations. In many cases, these products are marketed to patients with veneers and other restorations. If you are unsure, you can always ask Dr. Wall or one of our knowledgeable team members.
Does the Type of Toothbrush Matter?
In addition to shopping for the right toothpaste formula, patients should also be sure they are using the right toothbrush. Whether you have porcelain veneers or not, we always recommend using a soft-bristled toothbrush. Medium or hard bristles are too harsh and can damage your restorations and tooth enamel over time.
In addition, be sure you are practicing the best brushing methods. Always clean every tooth surface, as well as along the gum line. Furthermore, you should never apply too much pressure when brushing. Aggressive brushing can lead to gum recession and a host of other dental problems, making you more vulnerable to damage.
Learn More about Porcelain Veneers
If chips, cracks, discoloration, or other aesthetic imperfections are affecting your smile, consider what porcelain veneers can do for you. With proper care and attention, veneers can last upwards of 15 to 20 years. To learn more about this cosmetic treatment, schedule a consultation at our Albuquerque, NM, dental practice. Contact us online anytime or call us at (505) 883-4488.