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Mouthwash for Porcelain Veneers

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I have some porcelain veneers that I really love. I want to take the best care of them that I can. I’ve made a homemade mouth wash and just want to make sure there is nothing in it that can hurt the veneers.

My recipe is essentially equal parts of filtered water and hydrogen peroxide and some sea salt. As an example, last night I mixed:
4 oz. filtered water
4 oz. 3% hydrogen peroxide
1 T. sea salt

Will this work for me?


Dear Karen,

Mouthwash label with an ingredient of alcohol circled.

I am glad you love your porcelain veneers. There are many patients that end up with a cosmetic dentistry horror story because their dentist did not have the artistic ability to create a beautiful smile. Thankfully, yours did. It is also commendable that you are tying your best to take care of them. Though, I wish your dentist would have given you a list of instructions to do this.

The only problem with your DIY mouthwash is the peroxide. While peroxide is great at killing bacteria, it does not distinguish between good and bad bacteria. The good news is that your mouthwash will not damage your porcelain veneers. Unfortunately, what it will do is create an environment to that will breed candida albicans, a type of yeast. As a result, you will end up with some nasty thrush.

If you really want to use a mouthwash, there are some good over-the-counter mouthwashes. The one thing that you want to avoid is a mouthwash that contains alcohol. This is because it will eventually wear out the bonding that holds your porcelain veneers in place.

While we are on the topic of taking care of your porcelain veneers, I want to suggest you use Supersmile toothpaste. This is specifically designed to safely care for cosmetic dental work and keep them stain free. This includes things like porcelain crowns and dental bonding.

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