I found a mouthwash and teeth whitening recipe online that I can make that won’t harm my porcelain veneers. I just want to double-check the ingredients to make sure it will work. It contains 8 oz filtered water, boiled; 8 oz of 3% hydrogen peroxide; and 2 tablespoons of sea salt. Is this mixture okay to use on porcelain veneers, or are the measurements off? Thanks. Gloria from Little Elm
If your veneers are stained, avoid any at-home methods to brighten them.
How to whitening teeth that have been restored with porcelain veneers
Mouthwash – Mouthwash that contains alcohol will soften the bonding that adheres the porcelain veneers to your teeth. It will create a reservoir around the edge of your veneers that attracts stains. Your veneers can loosen, too. Avoid alcohol-based mouthwash.
Hydrogen peroxide – Although hydrogen peroxide kills bacteria, including harmful bacteria that promote gum disease, it also kills beneficial microbes. The result is an overgrowth of yeast, or candida albicans.
Although short-term use of hydrogen peroxide is helpful as a mouthwash, prolonged use can develop into unwanted symptoms, including:
- Oral yeast infection
- White and peeling oral tissue
- Raw, red, and painful patches
What if your veneers are stained?
If your porcelain veneers appear to be stained—or if you want to ensure they remain sparkling white— what can you do?
- Continue to maintain good oral hygiene. Floss between your teeth daily and brush them with non-abrasive toothpaste.
- Speak with your dentist if you have concerns about discoloration or stains. He or she has in-office equipment to polish your veneers without harmful whitening chemicals.
- Avoid using tooth whitening solutions on your porcelain veneers. The chemicals can scratch the surface of your veneers and attract stains.
- Only have your veneers cleaned by a dental hygienist who is trained to use the correct tools to avoid damaging them.
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