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 Crowns stay the color they were when originally made.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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Why choose the natural look over a traditional combination crown?
More and more patients are going for a full porcelain or ceramic restoration for two very important reasons.
Really, no one has to know that you have a crown at all. This is especially important if you want to hide a damaged front tooth.
Even the combination porcelain-and-metal crowns can pose a problem. When gums recede, the metal line of the inner layer is visible. Avoid this altogether by choosing a solid porcelain crown instead of one with a metal base. If your gums recede, you won’t have to worry about a “grey line” showing.
A metal layer in your crown will block out a large area in an x-ray. Lighter materials such as porcelain or ceramic allow more x-ray energy to pass through them and generate a clearer image.
It’s possible that some crowned teeth can become reinfected with decay. Dental x-rays reveal such developments. But if you have a metal crown, you might not see a cavity until it’s too late. A more x-ray-friendly material like a ceramic gives you an idea early of what’s going on with your tooth.
Your dentist is your best source for finding out what kind of crown is right for you. Individual needs and the longevity of the crown material used will both factor into the decision. Different types of crown have different advantages.
In any case, don’t wait too long to crown a tooth that needs it! Schedule a checkup with your dentist to keep your smile strong.
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Columbia Dental Center
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Columbia, IL 62236
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