Do You Need a Special Toothpaste after Cosmetic Dentistry?

Jan 21, 2015, by Dr. Becky Coats

This year, specialty brand of toothpaste, DIAMYNT, is shooting for the stars. DIAMYNT, which claims to be the only toothpaste specifically formulated for porcelain veneers and other cosmetic dental work, has managed to get itself placed in the swag bags for the Grammys.

The hope is that the premium brand of toothpaste will get exposure from this inclusion, and it’s quite possible. In addition to Myntsmile’s press release on the subject, the swag bags given away at awards season get decent news exposure. The product placement is, at a minimum, a short feature as part of the awards pre-shows, and also often shows up in morning talk shows in the days leading up to the event.

DIAMYNT is hoping this exposure will lead to more people thinking they need special toothpaste for their porcelain veneers and other cosmetic dentistry work. But do you?

DIAMYNT’s Claims

Porcelain Veneers Tooth PasteIf we look at DIAMYNT’s website, the claims about their product are front and center. This isn’t just any toothpaste, it’s a porcelain veneer and anticavity toothpaste. It supposedly polishes and restores porcelain veneers, dental crowns, even dental bonding. It’s non-abrasive, gently removing many different types of stains, such as coffee, tea, red wine, and other common ones.

For the anticavity part, the toothpaste includes both fluoride and xylitol, a sugar alcohol that can impair bacterial growth.

Myntsmile also includes a page of clinical results, which mostly features their own study. In their study, they compare an unnamed regular toothpaste, an unnamed whitening toothpaste, and DIAMYNT. Of course, DIAMYNT shows less abrasion of the porcelain samples, with more gloss being retained and less roughness created.

In addition to the inherent bias in a company-run study, we shouldn’t put too much value in the claims here because we don’t know what toothpastes are being used for comparison. Some toothpastes are highly abrasive and are definitely unsuitable for porcelain veneers. A more informative study would compare DIAMYNT against a conventional gentle toothpaste.

So Do I Need Special Toothpaste?

The answer is found in the clinical data DIAMYNT presents. One of the studies cited shows that it’s only after about 11.4 years of brushing with a regular fluoride toothpaste that your porcelain veneers might start showing signs of wear. And if you use a gentler toothpaste, your veneers might last much longer than that.

Over that time, you would probably buy between 34 and 46 tubes of toothpaste at $15 apiece, for a total of up to $684. If you think that’s a reasonable investment in a product with limited support for its effectiveness, then it’s a good investment. Otherwise, there are much less expensive options that can take care of your cosmetic dentistry and the rest of your mouth.

To learn more about the proper care of your cosmetic dentistry in Grapevine and Dallas, TX, please call (817) 481-6888 for an appointment at Grapevine Dental Care today.