Most of us strive for a bright white and beautiful smile. Teething whitening products, from strips to gels, can help remove stains and improve tooth brightness, but what happens when you have veneers or crowns? Will whitening products work on these restorations? Will they damage the restorations? Can you whiten all your teeth equally? Unfortunately, we probably don’t have the answer you want to hear.
The Good and Bad When it Comes to Veneers and Crowns
Veneers are a thin layer of porcelain or other material that bonds to the front surface of your tooth to change its appearance. Veneers are often used to improve stained teeth that do not respond to whitening, but they can also change the surface shape of your teeth. A crown is a porcelain or metal alloy that covers the entire tooth, often used for broken teeth or after a root canal. Both of these dental restorations are made of a strong material that is designed to be stain-resistant. When it comes to stains and keeping a bright white smile, this is the good news.
Unfortunately, this is also bad news. Because of this strong material, veneers and crowns DO NOT respond to whitening products, such as strips and gels. Whitening material cannot penetrate any stains that do occur on these restorations. So, when you whiten your teeth with whitening products, your natural teeth may appear whiter than the veneers and crowns. No, you can’t whiten crowns is the simple answer. Your dentist might have the ability to do a veneer over the crown or replace the crown with a lighter shade.
The good news is that you can still whiten your teeth if you have veneers and crowns. Whitening gels or strips will not damage these dental restorations at all. However, you have to remember that teeth with restorations will not change in whiteness. It is likely that whitening will lighten and remove stains from your natural teeth, making them whiter than your veneers or crowns. This leads to an uneven appearance in your smile.
This is one reason that your dentist may recommend whitening your teeth before a dental crown or veneers are applied. This allows your dentist to better match the color of your veneers and crowns to the whiteness of your natural teeth. Then, when you do whiten your teeth down the road, chances are your veneers and crowns will continue to match.
Whiten Your Teeth and Replace Your Veneers or Crowns
If you didn’t whiten your teeth before you got veneers or a crown and have now made the choice to use whitening products to whiten your smile, there is something you can do. Using whitening products, such as the custom-fit whitening trays and gels from SportingSmiles, you can whiten your teeth to the desired shade. Once you achieve your desired whiteness, your dentist can replace your veneers or crowns so that they match your new bright white smile. This will ensure that your teeth are all uniform in whiteness and you have a natural-looking smile.
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