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Using Whitening Toothpaste With Dental Veneers

Using Whitening Toothpaste With Dental Veneers

Keeping teeth white and bright is very important for most of our veneers patients in Raleigh, NC. Many patients think that whitening toothpaste is the best way to maintain the original clarity of the veneers.  It may surprise you to know that using whitening toothpaste with veneers can actually increase your chances of stains.

When maintained correctly, veneers will have a polished, glossy sheen and non-abrasive polish is used on all of our veneers patients during hygiene appointments. What about home care?

Our patients in Cary, North Carolina often ask “how can toothpaste that is supposed to whiten my teeth actually hurt my veneers?”.

It does seem backwards, but whitening toothpastes are actually quite abrasive.  On a normal tooth the abrasive nature of the toothpaste works to gently polish away surface stains.  On a veneer, however, whitening toothpaste wears down the glaze that protects the porcelain from stains.  Damage to the glaze makes the porcelain much more susceptible to stains from coffee, wine or sodas.

To avoid unnecessary wear on your dental veneers, stay away from whitening toothpaste and look on the box to see if the toothpaste is recommended for veneers. Teeth can stain too, so if the veneers were not done carefully, things like tobacco products, coffee or red wine could stain the edges, revealing where they were bonded in place.

Well-done and well-maintained veneers should last a very long time.

If you have any questions about the toothpaste you are using or which toothpaste we recommend, give us a call! We would love to give your our advice on the perfect products to maintain your Stanley smile!

Want to know if you’re a candidate for porcelain or prepless veneers? Come in for a complementary consultation at our Cary, NC office! We would love to begin your smile makeover and to give you all the options available to you. Contact us today to make your appointment!


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