I think I misunderstood something about whitening toothpaste and porcelain veneers. My dentist gave me free teeth whitening gel and trays. I wanted to get all my natural teeth whitening before she placed veneers. After I finished whitening my teeth, I used whitening toothpaste to keep them bright. And after I got veneers, I kept using the toothpaste. But last week, at my dental appointment, the hygienist said that I could damage the veneers with the whitening toothpaste. I thought that other whitening agents do not change the color or harm veneers. Could I really scratch them with the toothpaste that I’m using to keep my natural teeth bright? – Deynah from Long Island
Thank you for your question.
Whitening toothpaste cannot change the colors of your veneers. But if you use them long-term, their abrasiveness might scratch the glaze on your veneers. If you have not been using the toothpaste long, do not worry about it.
What Can Scratch Porcelain Veneers?
Certain toothpastes, dental materials, and dental chemicals can damage the glaze on porcelain veneers. Some of them include:
- Abrasive toothpaste
- Abrasive polishing pastes
- Acidulated fluoride
- Power polishing equipment at a dental office
We recommend toothpaste made for cosmetic dental work. Supersmile is a toothpaste brand that will remove surface stains from veneers without damaging them. Be careful about types of toothpaste within a brand that claim to be low abrasion. Read the labels for specific instructions about using the brand of toothpaste on cosmetic dentistry work. Consistently rubbing your veneers can wear away the bonding between your teeth and veneers.
You can use bleaching gel from your dentist to touch up your natural teeth and keep them bright without harming your porcelain veneers.
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