Did whitening toothpaste ruin my porcelain veneers? I’ve been using it since I got the veneers in September. I only use it weekly to keep the veneers white. I do not remember if my dentist told me not to use toothpaste on my veneers. I just found out online that some toothpaste scratch cosmetic dentistry work, and embarrassed to tell my dentist what I have done. Will the scratches be visible? Can I get the veneers touched up before my next dental exam and cleaning? Thank you. Zoe from Fresno, CA
Thank you for your question. We understand your concerns about the appearance of your smile and your investment in porcelain veneers.
Does Whitening Toothpaste Ruin Your Veneers?
Although whitening toothpaste may not ruin your veneers, the abrasiveness can scratch the surface of veneers. But you would need to use the toothpaste consistently and long-term for it to scratch. You have used the toothpaste ten to twelve times, so if you have scratches on your veneers, they are minor if they exist.
Your dentist will tell you if the veneers are scratched during your next dental exam. An expert cosmetic dentist can polish veneers.
What Kind of Toothpaste Can You Use on Porcelain Veneers?
You can use nonabrasive toothpaste that is specifically for cosmetic dentistry work. Otherwise, the toothpaste formula may wear away the bonding between the porcelain veneers and your teeth. Look for Supersmile® toothpaste or another low-abrasion toothpaste.
How Can You Keep Porcelain Veneers White?
Brushing your teeth twice daily and flossing between them keeps porcelain veneers white because they are stain resistant. During dental cleanings and exams, your dentist and hygienist will use specific tools and materials for cosmetic work. Cosmetic dentists use tools and polishing pastes to restore the shine of porcelain veneers as needed. You will not need teeth whitening products or treatment to keep your veneers bright.
Although you are embarrassed, it was a mistake. You may schedule an appointment with your cosmetic dentist or another dentist to check your veneers. Your dentist will be happy to examine your porcelain veneers and the bonding for any signs of damage and correct them to prevent further damage.
Lowell, Massachusetts, accredited cosmetic dentist Dr. Michael Szarek sponsors this post.