Your veneers can last for a long time, retaining their sheen and giving you a bright, winning smile. But you have to make sure you’re taking care of them. A big part of that is to keep them free from stains. That not only means avoiding foods and beverages that will stain your teeth, but it also means cleaning your veneers regularly with toothpaste.
You do need to be careful about which kinds of toothpaste you use. Your veneers are a bit more fragile than natural teeth, and you ought to use toothpaste that will be gentle on them. While it may seem like a good idea to use toothpaste with whitening agents, those added chemicals be harmful to your veneers. They can cause the veneers to deteriorate more quickly over time and to need replacement sooner than they normally would. It’s better to just avoid the kinds of things that would stain your teeth than to rely on whitening toothpaste to do the job for you.
You also want to avoid abrasive toothpaste. These are really gritty toothpastes and ones with powerful cleaning agents. Each toothpaste manufacturer is required to test their toothpaste for abrasiveness and assign it what is called an RDA value. The higher that value, the more abrasive the toothpaste is. The gentlest dental cleaners have an RDA value of O, while the maximum recommended limit is 250.You may not find an RDA rating on each brand of toothpaste you look at, but you can check the company’s website or contact them directly to find what the RDA value is for the toothpaste you are interested.
You can usually get a good idea of how abrasive a toothpaste is by looking at its marketing and packaging. If it says anything about whitening power or promotes any kind of power or superior effectiveness, then it is likely high on the abrasiveness scale.
If you are having trouble finding a toothpaste that you are sure is gentle enough for your veneers, the you can always consult with your dentist and get a recommendation there about what you should be using. Until that time, you can simply clean your veneers with a toothbrush and water.
Veneers don’t require the powerful cleaning products that are often required for teeth to stay healthy. Simple, no-frills toothpaste will usually be enough to keep them in great shape and ensure that they last for a while so long as you use it regularly. Also, when you brush, be sure you aren’t using your toothbrush too roughly. Gentle cleaning is the key to getting the most out of your veneers.