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Which Toothpaste Is Best for Veneers?

August 27, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — willowrundental @ 2:28 pm
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Veneers have the potential to provide you with years — perhaps even decades — of beautiful, confident smiles. In order for them to live up to that potential, though, you must take care of them. Not only do you have to maintain a clean mouth via regular brushing, but you also need to select the right oral hygiene products. Which toothpaste is best for veneers? This simple guide can point you in the right direction.

Why Does the Type of Toothpaste Matter?

Most mainstream toothpastes that you see at the grocery store are safe for natural teeth. Especially if they have a Seal of Acceptance from the American Dental Association, you can be confident that a product will help you to get rid of plaque, fortify your tooth enamel with fluoride, and provide other benefits. Unfortunately, however, not all toothpastes that are safe for natural teeth are safe for veneers.

That is because some ingredients that are fine for natural enamel can actually damage veneers. The biggest risk is that abrasive components in a toothpaste can create tiny scratches in the porcelain. Over time, those scratches might start to collect pigment molecules in them and cause your smile to look yellow and lackluster.

What Should You Avoid in a Toothpaste for Veneers?

There are a couple of types of toothpaste that are usually not recommended for individuals with veneers:

  • Abrasive toothpastes. Some toothpastes contain baking soda or other highly abrasive ingredients that have the goal of polishing the teeth and removing plaque. Those ingredients can also scratch your veneers.
  • Whitening toothpastes. Whitening toothpastes are often very abrasive. Plus, you should keep in mind that veneers do not respond to common whitening agents. You could end up brightening your natural teeth while your veneers stay the same color.

Choosing the Right Toothpaste

Here are some tips to help you out when you are shopping for the right toothpaste:

  • Choose a gel. Generally speaking, most gel toothpastes are minimally abrasive.
  • Do not use whitening toothpastes. You do not have to worry about your teeth incurring horrible stains; even many gentle toothpastes that are not designed specifically for whitening can prevent new surface discoloration.
  • Look for toothpastes that are marketed for veneers. These products might cost a bit more than average toothpastes, but you can usually be confident in their safety.
  • Ask your dental team for help. They might have some specific products that they recommend for patients with veneers.

Veneers are designed to give your smile a long-lasting boost. Take care of them so they can serve you well for as many years as possible.

Meet the Practice

Willow Run Dental Association is home to a talented team of dentists who are pleased to provide veneers, preventive care, and a broad range of other services. If you have questions about what to expect with cosmetic treatment, or you are looking for personalized tips on your oral hygiene routine, we would be pleased to speak with you. Get in touch with our Auburn office at 207-352-2825.

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Willow Run Dental Association is a 42 North Dental Care, PLLC practice and is owned and operated by dentists Dr. Samuel Shames, DDM. and Dr. Ronald Weissman, DDM. Gentle Dental is supported by 42 North Dental, LLC, a dental support organization that provides non-clinical administrative and business support services to the practice. 42 North Dental, LLC does not own or operate the dental practice or employ dentists to provide dental services. Find more information about 42NorthDental, LLC and the dental practices it supports at