Cosmetic dentist Timothy Messer offers porcelain veneers treatment to enhance the appearance of the smile. Porcelain veneers cover up some of the most common aesthetic dental flaws, including dental stains, superficial chips or cracks, gapped teeth, and other minor misalignment problems. Once porcelain veneers are bonded to the teeth, they can last for upwards of 10 years or more, as long as the patient practices good oral hygiene habits and take precautions to protect the veneers from damage.
When brushing the teeth, it is important that our Memphis, TN, patients select the best toothpaste for porcelain veneers. The right toothpaste should eliminate harmful bacteria and clean the teeth and veneers without causing structural damage. Here, Dr. Messer goes over some of the most important factors to consider when shopping for toothpaste for porcelain veneers.
When a person is shopping for a toothpaste for the natural teeth, cavity prevention is usually a top priority. It should be no different after porcelain veneers treatment. Porcelain veneers conceal the facial surface of the teeth, but the teeth still require protection from harmful bacteria.
If the teeth are not cared for properly, they could develop tooth decay. When teeth that have been treated with porcelain veneers develop decay, the veneers need to be removed so that the decay can be treated.
Many toothpastes aid in the prevention of cavities and tooth decay, but the most effective ones contain fluoride. Fluoride is a mineral that is naturally found in the teeth. Toothpastes that contain fluoride help rebuild weakened tooth enamel, slow down the loss of minerals within tooth enamel, and may be effective in reversing early signs of tooth decay. By preventing dental cavities, a toothpaste with fluoride can prolong the lifespan of porcelain veneers.
Porcelain veneers create a strong bond with the teeth so that our Memphis patients can feel comfortable biting and chewing as normal. Since veneers can withstand the regular wear and tear that the teeth are exposed to, it is not quite accurate to describe them as delicate. However, porcelain veneers are made of ceramic materials that are susceptible to damage, and the surface of veneers can be scratched fairly easily.
To protect the delicate facial surface of veneers from cosmetic blemishes, patients should look for a toothpaste that is minimally abrasive. Gels are softer and smoother than paste formulas, so a gel toothpaste is often a patient’s best choice. Beyond that, patients should read ingredient labels. Ingredients like baking soda and hydrogen peroxide can be too harsh on porcelain veneers, so they should be avoided.
Most of our Memphis patients want to keep porcelain veneers looking as white as possible, so it is natural for them to consider a whitening toothpaste. Unfortunately, the bleaching ingredients in whitening toothpastes do not improve the color of porcelain veneers. Additionally, whitening toothpastes are more abrasive than non-whitening toothpastes, and they can scratch or dull the surface of porcelain veneers. With prolonged use, a whitening toothpaste can actually make porcelain veneers lose their luster and bright white color.
If you are unhappy with the appearance of your smile, porcelain veneers may help. Send us a message to learn more about this cosmetic dentistry treatment, or call (901) 751-1260 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Timothy Messer at your earliest convenience.
I have been to several dentists in the Memphis Area and I have finally found THE ONE!! Dr. Messer is the best dentist I have ever been to. I have complete confidence in any procedure that he performs and I can't imagine ever going to any other dentist.