If 2020 has taught me anything it is to be more independent. I did get a great smile makeover this year, which was the one highlight. I want to take good care of it. I’ve made my own homemade mouthwash and I just want to run it by you and make sure it is safe for my porcelain veneers. Here is my recipe:
6 oz. water (boiled and filtered)
6 oz. hydrogen peroxide (3%)
1 tsp. sea salt
I love that you had a 2020 smile makeover. Way to brighten a horrible year! I also love your independent spirit. While none of the ingredients you listed will do any harm to your porcelain veneers, the hydrogen peroxide will end up being a problem in the long run. Peroxide is great for killing off bacteria. You would think this would be a plus, however, it kills both the bad and the good bacteria. This will lead to an oral yeast infection, which will be quite unpleasant for you. I would suggest you use this mouthwash about once a week, but not on a daily basis.
As for other types of mouthwashes, the main thing you want to do is avoid any that have alcohol as an ingredient. This will disintegrate the bonding on your porcelain veneers. There are a few brands out there that do not have alcohol.
However, the best thing you can do for your smile makeover is to use SuperSmile Toothpaste. This is specifically designed for cosmetic dental work. It will keep them sparkling while safely removing any surface stains. I highly recommend it to any patient with cosmetic work.
This blog is brought to you by East Cobb Dentist Dr. Cristi Cheek.