Veneers don’t require serious maintenance to stay bright. But while certain mouthwashes can cause minor issues for veneers, proper care is simple.

The most common concern about veneers is their vulnerability to staining. You have little reason to worry, as porcelain veneers, composite veneers, and the bonding material are created with durability and colorfastness. Instead, here are some tips for keeping a long-lasting smile.

Mouthwash and Veneers

Mouthwash is an invaluable part of oral health. Since bacteria is able to find its way into every nook and cranny of your teeth and gums, eradicating them with mouthwash can prevent problems such as gingivitis.

But can some kinds of mouthwash stain veneers permanently, especially if used incorrectly? In general, no. The way mouthwash interacts with the environment of your mouth can cause detrimental effects, however. With proper daily care and the avoidance of food and drinks that have great staining power (such as coffee and tobacco), your veneers can last for years without replacement.

1. Avoid Rinsing Often With Alcohol-Based Mouthwash

Over-the-counter mouthwashes feature up to 20% alcohol. A few brands contain even higher concentrations; these should be avoided. These types of mouthwash stain veneers through the combination of high alcohol concentrations and the dye included in their formulas. Use mouthwashes that are alcohol-free, especially sodium-fluoride mouthwash.

In truth, only heavy mouthwash use would make this apparent, as the “staining” would come from weakening. This applies to both porcelain and composite veneers as alcohol can soften the bond between the veneer and the natural tooth. Toothpaste and other dental care products with alcohol can also cause damage, so be sure to read the label before you purchase or try something new.

2. Discoloration Shows That the Mouthwash Is Working

When mouthwash contains certain dyes, it may appear that your teeth have changed color immediately after swishing. This can happen with mouthwashes of all types. The reason this happens is due to the dye in the mouthwash attaching to the bacteria and plaque.

These particles and any discoloration should disappear with regular eating and drinking throughout the day. Additionally, rinsing with water before swishing with mouthwash can help reduce this effect.

3. When In Doubt, Ask Us for More Information

At Oak Hills Dentistry, the veneers we apply are made of state-of-the-art materials made to resist discoloration from plaque, acidity, and general wear. When you come in for your appointment, we will give you all the information you need to care for your redesigned smile. If you have any concerns if certain types of mouthwash stain veneers, fillings, or crowns, feel free to ask. We’ve seen just about every form of punishment a veneer can take as well as how to avoid them.

Contact Oak Hills Dentistry in Layton, Utah, for Dental Care Excellence

Serving Layton, Clearfield, Ogden, and the surrounding communities, our team of dental professionals is here to help improve your oral health. We treat patients of all ages, and we love to see our patients happy and healthy. Make an appointment for a regular check-up, fillings and crown, pediatric care, and more. Ask us about the wonderful cosmetic dentistry options available to you today.