So if you've been to your local pharmacy or grocery store, and walked down the toothpaste aisle lately, you've seen there are about a million choices. I get this common question from people all the time like, "What toothpaste is the best? Which one do you use?" And really, for me, it boils down to two things, the abrasiveness of the toothpaste and really its flavor and taste. Those are two kind of personal preferences.
I like to recommend an Arm and Hammer product for people mainly from the fact that it's baking soda, and you would think that that would be very abrasive. So many people think that baking soda is abrasive, but it's really not. It's really one of the least abrasive toothpastes. So for my veneer patients, I say, "Do not use a whitening toothpaste." That's a common question they ask when we're all done, their smile designed is, "What toothpaste should I use now?" and I personally use an Arm and Hammer because it's not very abrasive.
The reason I say that is because porcelain veneers actually have a coating on them. It's a glaze that when they come back from the lab, that's what protects them from being very stain-resistant. Overtime if you use a whitening toothpaste, the way whitening toothpastes work is actually abrade a layer of tooth structure away. So it's kind of like shining a new layer off. So microscopically every time you use this whitening toothpaste, it abrades a new layer of tooth and all of a sudden it's whitening but you don't need that with porcelain veneers. So stay away from whitening toothpastes especially if you have veneers. In general, if you want to whiten your teeth, don't do it with a whitening paste. Do it with a whitening product. Come in, get fit for custom trays or actually do the in-office power whitening. That's really the way to whiten your teeth, but stay away from whitening toothpastes in general.
There's a chart on this page that actually shows the abrasiveness of a lot of the common toothpastes, so look at that. And in general, the more general you can be with a tooth, the better off you're going to be.
You can view the chart showing abrasivity of common toothpaste brands here: atlantadentalspa.com/best-toothpaste.html