If you are dealing with missing teeth, cracks, chips, or other types of dental damage, the great news is that you have lots of different ways to restore both the look and function of your smile.
A very popular restoration “tool” is the dental crown. It’s essentially a type of dental prosthetic that is cemented on top of a natural tooth that’s been damaged in some way, such as after a root canal or a fracture. Dental crowns are custom-made to match the patient’s exact color, size, and tooth shape, meaning the crown will perfectly blend in with your natural teeth.
But what happens if you want to opt for some cosmetic dental procedures after you’ve got a dental crown, such as tooth whitening?
Can crowns be whitened?
Keep reading to find out!
What Are Dental Crowns Made Of?
Dental crowns are usually made from metals, porcelain, resin, and ceramics. These materials are sturdy and allow a patient to enjoy their new smile for years. Not just that, but they don’t require special maintenance at all. All you need to do in order to maintain a dental crown is to have good oral hygiene habits.
Unfortunately, these materials will not respond to tooth whitening solutions.
How Does Tooth Whitening Work?
Port Orange teeth whitening services involve applying a whitening agent to the surface of the teeth. These agents will then start to break down stains, and particles found on the tooth, and lighten them by a few shades.
But, the bleaching agent will not affect your dental crown. As a result, if you whiten your natural teeth, they will respond to the treatment, but the dental crown will remain exactly the same. This can potentially create an uneven smile, especially if the dental crown is placed in the front of the mouth.
So, How Can You Whiten Your Teeth and Dental Crown?
If you have a dental crown and want to whiten your teeth, there are 2 options:
Professional Dental Cleaning
Professional cleaning can help remove more stubborn stains from your teeth and dental crown, making them appear whiter. Some patients can have very great results with a simple cleaning.
Changing the Crowns
If you have severe staining and discoloration, a dental cleaning may not be enough to whiten your smile. In this case, you can get the whitening treatment and replace your dental crowns with new ones in a whiter shade.
Usually, you’ll get the whitening treatment first, and once you’re happy with the color, the dentist will order a new crown to match the shade.
Whitening Treatments at Smillie Dental
If you want whiter teeth, Dr. Joseph Smillie and Dr. Helen Smillie can provide a great treatment plan personalized to your specific needs! We offer both in-office and at-home whitening treatments, for your convenience.
To get started, book an appointment at Smillie Dental online.