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Best Toothpastes for Veneers and Bonded Teeth

December 25th, 2023 | 4 min read

By NYC Smile Design

Achieving a radiant smile often involves cosmetic dentistry, and among the most popular methods are veneers and dental bonding. If you’ve invested in these smile-enhancing procedures, you’re well aware of the confidence boost they provide. But along with the aesthetics comes the responsibility of maintenance. One of the key components of this maintenance is choosing the right toothpaste. 

It’s not just about keeping your teeth clean; it’s about preserving the integrity and appearance of your veneers or bonded teeth. At NYC Smile Design, we understand that your smile is a reflection of your journey—a symbol of the care you’ve invested in yourself. We’ve witnessed the joy our patients feel when they see their new smiles for the first time, and we’re committed to helping you maintain that joy every day after that. 

We’ll guide you through selecting a toothpaste that not only cleans but also protects your investment, keeping your smile bright and your confidence high.  In this blog, we’ll explore the best toothpaste options for your veneers and bonded teeth, ensuring your smile stays as stunning as the day you leave the dentist’s office.

Understanding Veneers and Bonded Teeth

Before we dive into toothpaste recommendations, let’s understand the nature of veneers and bonded teeth. Veneers are thin shells of porcelain or composite resin custom-made to fit over your teeth. They are known for their durability and the way they mimic the light-reflecting properties of natural teeth. Dental bonding, on the other hand, involves the application of a tooth-colored resin material that is hardened with a special light, which ultimately “bonds” the material to the tooth to restore or improve a person’s smile.

Picking Veneers

The Significance of Proper Care

Both porcelain or composite veneers are adhered to your natural teeth, and while they are designed to be long-lasting, they require proper care. The right toothpaste can play a pivotal role in extending the life and beauty of your cosmetic dental work. Here’s why:

  • Non-Abrasiveness: Traditional toothpaste can contain abrasive ingredients that might scratch or dull the surface of veneers and bonded teeth.
  • Chemical Composition: Certain chemicals in toothpaste can affect the resin used in bonding and the glaze on porcelain veneers.

Stain Resistance: Veneers and bonded teeth are resistant to staining, but not stain-proof. Proper oral hygiene can help maintain their bright color.

Toothpaste Ingredients to Consider for Veneers

When selecting a toothpaste for your veneers or bonded teeth, it’s crucial to understand the ingredients that make up the product. Here are some ingredients to consider and why they’re important:

Safe Abrasives

While some level of abrasiveness is needed for effective cleaning, it’s vital to choose a toothpaste that is low-abrasive to avoid scratching the surface of your cosmetic dental work. Look for toothpastes that contain mild abrasives like hydrated silica, which can clean without causing damage.

Fluoride Content

Fluoride is a mineral that helps prevent tooth decay by strengthening tooth enamel. It’s essential for maintaining the health of the natural parts of your teeth that are still exposed. However, it’s important to note that fluoride does not affect the porcelain or resin of your veneers or bonding, so while it’s good for your natural teeth, it doesn’t strengthen your dental work.

Toothpaste Types to Avoid for Veneers

Now that we’ve discussed what to look for, let’s consider the types of toothpaste you should avoid:

Whitening Toothpastes

Many toothpastes that are marketed as ‘whitening’ contain harsh abrasives that can wear down the surface of veneers or bonded teeth. Because your cosmetic dentistry work is created to match your desired tooth color, traditional whitening toothpastes are unnecessary and potentially damaging.

Baking Soda Toothpastes

Toothpaste containing baking soda can be too abrasive for veneers and bonded teeth. Over time, they erode the smooth surface of your dental work, leading to a dull appearance.

Baking soda

Ingredients to look for and avoid

  • Triclosan: Linked to thyroid function disruption and antibiotic resistance and potential link to cancer.
  • Sodium Lauryl Sulfate(SLS): Can cause skin irritation and it also aggravates after ulcers and used in many kinds of toothpaste to create a foamy feeling.
  • Propylene Glycol: Used to improve a product’s shelf life, appearance, and texture and has been linked to damage to the central nervous system, liver, and heart
  • Aspartame and Saccharin: Artificial sweeteners to avoid.
  • Diethylamine (DEA): Can react with other ingredients to form nitrosamines, which are toxic to humans and cause allergic reactions.
  •  Titanium Dioxide: It’s been classified as a possible carcinogen.

Artificial dyes and colorings: These are often added to toothpaste for aesthetic reasons.

Recommended Toothpaste Choices for Veneers

Choosing the right toothpaste doesn’t have to be a daunting task. Here are some toothpaste recommendations that are considered safe for veneers and bonded teeth:

Non-Abrasive Gel Toothpastes

Gel toothpastes are typically less abrasive than their paste counterparts because they have a smoother texture and contain fewer abrasive particles, making them gentler on tooth enamel. They can provide a thorough clean without the risk of scratching the surface of veneers or bonded teeth. Look for toothpaste specifically formulated for cosmetic dental work.

Toothpastes with Natural Ingredients

Toothpastes that contain natural ingredients tend to be gentler on dental work. Ingredients such as aloe vera, essential oils, and xylitol can support oral health without causing harm to veneers or bonding.

Natural Toothpaste

Maintaining Your Cosmetic Dental Work

Beyond toothpaste, there are other steps you can take to maintain your veneers and bonded teeth:

Regular Dental Check-Ups

Routine visits to your dentist are essential for maintaining the health of your teeth and the longevity of your cosmetic work. Professional cleanings and check-ups can help catch any potential issues early.

Balanced Oral Hygiene Routine

A comprehensive oral hygiene routine that includes gentle brushing, flossing, and rinsing with a non-alcoholic mouthwash can contribute to the well-being of your teeth and your dental enhancements.

Non-Alcohol Mouthwash

Expert Advice

While we’ve provided general recommendations, nothing replaces professional advice. Dr. Elisa Mello and Dr. Ramin Tabib of NYC Smile Design are adept at guiding their patients through the intricacies of post-treatment care. They advocate for using products that complement the longevity and appearance of cosmetic dental work.

The Role of Professional Consultation

During your consultation, a dental expert can evaluate your specific needs based on the type of veneers or bonding material used in your procedure. They can recommend toothpaste brands that are ideal for your situation, ensuring that your smile makeover maintains its allure and integrity.

Protecting Your Smile Investment

Your journey to a perfect smile doesn’t end with the procedure; it’s a continual process of care and maintenance. The selection of the right toothpaste for veneers and bonded teeth is a critical component of this process. By making an informed choice, you can ensure that your smile remains as vibrant and healthy as it was on the first day.

Consulting Withe your Dentist

Remember, the best approach is a personalized one. Consulting with your dentist, such as the experienced professionals at NYC Smile Design, can help you make the choice that’s best for your smile through a consultation. It’s not just about preserving the cosmetic work; it’s about embracing an oral care routine that contributes to your overall dental health. Make your toothpaste selection a part of your success story for a lasting, beautiful smile. 

Now that you feel confident in choosing the proper toothpaste for your veneers, your next step is to read our blog on “Composite Bonded Veneer vs. Porcelain Veneer“.