Can You Whiten Dental Crowns?

If you’re unhappy with the color of your smile, professional teeth whitening in Forest Lake can help lift a few shades and get you that pearly white smile you’ve always wanted.

Unfortunately, if you have some types of dental work, tooth whitening might not be the best way to help get an even white smile. Dental crowns are no exception.

Keep on reading to find out why you can’t whiten dental crowns, but how you can still brighten your smile despite having various tooth restorations!

Why Dental Crowns Don’t Respond to Tooth Whitening

Tooth whitening solutions use a special bleaching agent (such as peroxide) to break down the particles from the surface of the teeth that cause stains and yellow hues.

Unfortunately, while natural teeth respond really well to whitening solutions, dental crowns do not. These dental prosthetics are made from materials such as porcelain or ceramics that are “immune” to the effects of peroxide or other whitening solutions.

Can You Whiten Your Teeth If You Have Dental Crowns?

In these cases, you may have 3 options, depending on your specific circumstances:

1. Find a Dentist Who Can Work with You to Reach Your Goals

If you don’t have the dental crown yet, you can first get your natural teeth whitened, and then simply have the crown made to match your new shade.

For this, you’ll need to find a dentist who is willing to work with you to help you achieve your desired results, not just in terms of oral health, but smile appearance as well.

2. Get a Professional Dental Cleaning

If you already have dental crowns and can’t get a whitening procedure, you may be able to whiten your teeth and the crown with a professional cleaning.

Some stubborn stains are difficult to remove at home. Build-up of plaque and tartar can also make the teeth appear a bit more yellow. Professional dental cleanings use special tools and products to provide a more in-depth cleaning, and a lot of times, people’s smiles can look whiter.

3. Change Your Dental Crown 

Lastly, you can whiten your natural teeth and then have the dental crown replaced. The dentist will whiten the teeth first, and once you reach your desired shade, they will have the new crown custom-made for you.

This solution might take a bit longer than others, but it’s the best way to get the smile you want.

Let Us Help You Get the Smile You Want

Dr. Jonathan Siverson is here to listen and help you get the picture-perfect and healthy smile you’ve always wanted, with professional dental health services designed for your convenience.

Grow confidence in your appearance by scheduling a quick consultation at Forest Lake Smiles online.

Want to learn more about our services? Then don’t hesitate to call us at (651) 464-8207 today! We’d be happy to answer all your questions.

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