Is it possible to bleach your capped teeth?
The short answer is no, dental crowns do not bleach or no matter how many whitening products you use.
This doesn’t mean you have to give up all hope of having a brighter smile, however.
Why Crowns Don’t Whiten
A white dental crown is made with porcelain or ceramic. These materials are not porous like tooth enamel is. This allows them to resist absorbing stain the way natural teeth do. But it also means that they can’t get any lighter, either. Crowns stay the color they were when originally made.
How to Get a Whiter Smile with a Crown
Timing is everything. If you know you’ll need to get a dental crown soon, then your best bet is to whiten your teeth before that happens. Once your teeth reach the shade you like, you can have your new crown colored to match.
It’s possible to have an opposite problem. Your natural teeth may darken to where they look yellower than a crown you got years ago.
Happily, teeth bleaching won’t harm your crown. You can still whiten your teeth; it’s just that the restoration won’t get any lighter.
If the cap is on one of your back teeth, then it shouldn’t even show up when you smile.
Do you have a visible crown that you wish you could bleach? Your only option at this point is to get a new one or polish away surface buildup. If your current crown is several years old, then there’s a possibility it needs to be updated, anyway.
Ask your dentist at your next checkup about how you can get a whiter smile with a dental crown.
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