Someone recently told me that I shouldn’t use mouthwash with my porcelain veneers. I thought you could do anything with veneers you can with your natural teeth.
Dion B. – San Antonio
Both concepts you mentioned have a yes and no response. For the most part you can go about your life normally with porcelain veneers. You can eat and drink what you want. You can brush and floss normally. However, there are a couple of things you’ll want to avoid.
The first of these things is abrasive or whitening toothpastes. These will etch the enamel and cause it to pick up stains.
The second, is mouthwash that contains alcohol. The reason for that is the alcohol can weaken the bonding agent that adheres the veneer to your tooth. You don’t want to do that kind of damage.
Not all mouthwashes contain alcohol. For instance, Listerine has almost 22% alcohol content, but Breath Rx and Crest Pro Health are both labeled as alcohol free.
Just check the ingredients before purchasing and you should be fine.
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