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Archives for October 2020

Is my mouthwash damaging my porcelain veneers?

My sister told me that she read that mouthwash damages porcelain veneers. She texted me and said that I should get rid of my mouthwash because it loosens the bonding. I’ve been rinsing my mouth more often since the pandemic because I have a public-facing job. Although I wear a mask, I regularly rinse my mouth with mouthwash to kill the germs. Is my mouthwash damaging my veneers? Thank you. Krystin from Montana

 

Krystin,

The basics for maintaining good oral hygiene with porcelain veneers are flossing between your teeth, brushing them at least twice daily (but not over-brushing), and getting regular dental exams in cleanings. We recommend that you avoid abrasive toothpaste. Also, ensure you get your teeth cleaned by a hygienist trained to care for porcelain veneers and avoid using power polishing equipment and specific polishing agents that will scratch veneers.

Is mouthwash damaging your veneers?

Partial photo of alcohol-free mouthwash for porcelain veneers

Major mouthwash brands offer at least one alcohol-free option

Mouthwash will damage veneers if it is alcohol-based. Alcohol softens the bonding that makes your veneers adhere to your teeth. Alcohol-free mouthwash will not harm veneers.

Which mouthwash should you use?

Read labels—front and back—for all mouthwash products. Most mouthwash contains alcohol, but alcohol-free mouthwash is clearly labeled and safe to use if you have porcelain veneers. Most major brands offer at least one type of mouthwash that is alcohol free. Remember: read the labels carefully.

 

Brian LeSage, DDS, FAGD, FAACD, of the Beverly Hills Institute of Cosmetic Dentistry, sponsors this post.

My dentist can’t get the color right on my implant crown

My dentist tried to adjust the color of my implant crown, but it still isn’t right. I want a uniform smile. It’s a shame that the shade of my dental flipper was closer to my tooth color than my implant crown. My dentist doesn’t think this is a big deal. What is he doing wrong? Will I damage my implant if I find a new dentist to replace the crown? – Milan from NM

Milan,

We are sorry to hear about your frustrating experience with your implant crown.

You can find an excellent cosmetic dentist to replace your crown, and it won’t damage your implant. It takes artistry, skill, and patients for a dentist to perfectly match a crown to your tooth shade. Dr. LeSage won’t bond crowns unless he achieves a perfect match.

Some cosmetic dentists use these steps to customize crown shade:

  • Send written instruction for a master ceramist that specify a basic shade
  • Draw areas where the ceramist must add specific tints
  • Try in the crown before cementing it to the tooth
  • Take a picture of the try-in if the ceramist needs to adjust the color
Before-and-after porcelain crowns photos

Dr. LeSage placed ceramic crowns on the patient’s front teeth for beautiful results

You’re probably in the wrong dental office to receive crowns that match your natural teeth. Although most dentists aren’t concerned about a high level of aesthetics, your dentist doesn’t seem to be concerned at all.

We recommend that you find a cosmetic dentist with extensive training who partners and communicates with a master ceramist to achieve the perfect shade for your crown. Your smile shouldn’t be a source of stress. Look for a dentist with credentials in the American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry or the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.

 

Beverly Hills dentist Brian LeSage, DDS, FAGD, FAACD, sponsors this post. Dr. Lesage achieved fellowship status in both the American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry and the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.

My dentist can’t get the color right on my implant crown

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