What toothpaste to use for porcelain veneers?

I’m planning on getting porcelain veneers, and had some questions about taking care of them afterwards, specifically about the toothpaste. My dentist told me to get a toothpaste with baking soda in it, but I read that baking soda is abrasive and not good for porcelain veneers.
- Monica from Maryland

Monica,
The reason you may be getting conflicting information about baking soda and how abrasive it is is that it comes in different forms. There is straight baking soda, out of the box, which is in a powder form. Yes, that is rather abrasive. But when it’s dissolved in toothpaste, it has low abrasivity. And it is a popular ingredient in toothpastes, because it has a buffering action that neutralizes plaque acids.

You do want a toothpaste that has low abrasivity, not so much to protect the porcelain, which is harder than tooth enamel, but to protect the resin bond between the porcelain and your tooth. This fine line which is at the margin between your porcelain veneer and the tooth is the weak spot that can most easily wear down and become stained. An excellent toothpaste recommended by many cosmetic dentists is Supersmile, which can be purchased on the Internet. It has a very low abrasion yet it is excellent at removing stains. It is a little expensive, but could be worth it to protect your investment in your porcelain veneers. Yes, it does have baking soda in it, but it is in a low abrasivity form.

Another thing to watch when you have porcelain veneers. Don’t let your dental hygienist use any power polishing equipment like the Prophy Jet. This delivers a power spray of sodium bicarbonate (i.e. baking soda, and a very abrasive form of baking soda) that does clean your teeth very well but it removes the glaze on the porcelain and makes them very susceptible to staining. One cleaning with a Prophy Jet can ruin your porcelain veneers.

This blog is sponsored by Colorado Springs cosmetic dentist Dr. Joseph Rota

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