Hi Dr. Hall,
I just got veneers and found out that Crest Pro Health shouldn’t be used on them. I used the toothpaste for three days (I was unaware), is there a chance I damaged them or should I be concerned? Other than Supersmile, is there another toothpaste I should use until receive the Supersmile in the mail?
Jason from Massachusetts
The effect of your toothpaste on your porcelain veneers is a long-term effect. I wouldn’t worry about using a particular toothpaste a couple of times.
The problem is that most toothpastes are more abrasive than what would be ideal on cosmetic dental work. So yes, I would recommend the Supersmile toothpaste for your porcelain veneers to maximize their lifespan. Other ordinary toothpastes are a little too abrasive and if you use them consistently, they may wear away the bonding composite that is found on the margin between the porcelain and the tooth.
A good second choice toothpaste is Rembrandt, but you have to be careful about which Rembrandt you use. Rembrandt has been bought by Johnson and Johnson, and they have new formulas on the market. You want the Rembrandt Low Abrasion Whitening Toothpaste with Citroxain. It has gotten difficult to find. Don’t get the Deeply White toothpaste or the Intense Stain toothpaste, because they have new formulas that may be just as abrasive as other ordinary toothpastes.
If you can’t find the older formula Rembrandt, I would just use the Crest until the Supersmile arrives, and just brush gently. It is better to keep your teeth clean.
Links: Read all about taking care of porcelain veneers.
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