Do you have old dental crowns or veneers that are darker than you would like them to be? Have you thought about whitening your teeth but have permanent restorations that may impact the results of your treatment? These are important factors to consider when you decide to whiten your smile. How will the whitening process impact your crowns or veneers, if at all?
Teeth whitening can effectively remove superficial stains on your crowns and veneers that are caused by things like coffee and tea. These stain particles build up over time and are usually polished off of your teeth during your dental cleaning, but whitening your teeth will help keep your teeth lighter, longer.
Unfortunately, teeth whitening can’t change the color of the actual ceramic material. If your crowns or veneers were shaded a certain way, whitening will not effect them. This is why we typically suggest whitening your teeth prior to dental crowns or veneers being placed. Natural teeth can always be lightened, but permanent restorations cannot. By whitening your teeth first, your dentist can use this preferred tooth shade to match your new restorations against.
If you are very concerned with your tooth color and have old crowns or veneers that are far too dark, you can choose to whiten your teeth and then have your porcelain restorations replaced. The new restoration will be matched to your current tooth shade, giving you permanently white crowns and veneers that look just the way you want them to. Simply touch up your whitening between dental visits to keep your teeth and crowns matching one another. For best results, whiten your teeth for at least 10-14 days with a professional home whitening kit prior to your scheduled treatment.
Posted on behalf of:
Springhill Dental Health Center
4620 Spring Hill Ave
Mobile, AL 36608
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