I want to get my teeth whitened but don’t know if there is something special I have to do to or with my dental crown. Any chance you have some advice for me?
I can help you here, but wish I had a little more information. There are several possible specifics you could be asking for and I don’t know which. I’ll try to cover the two most common issues.
Your Dental Crown is Stained
Let’s say you want to whiten both your teeth and your dental crown. Maybe it is getting old and has started picking up stains. Maybe your hygienist accidentally took off the glazing on the crown during your last cleaning and now it is picking up stains. Or maybe you just want whiter teeth than you had when you had the crown made.
The problem you will run into is, while teeth whitening is very effective, it only works on natural tooth structure. What this means for you is your natural teeth will whiten but not the dental crown. If it is old and at the end of its life, it will be in your best interest to replace it anyway. The key here is to do the teeth whitening first. Once your teeth are the color you want, you simply replace your old crown and have it made to blend with your new, whiter color.
If the crown isn’t old and the glazing was removed by your hygienist, they should replace it for you. This can happen if he or she uses something like a power prophy jet or acidulated fluoride during your cleaning. Taking that glazing off actually destroys it because the glaze is what protects it from picking up stains. This is why they should repair it at their cost.
Your Teeth Need Whitening but Your Crown is Fine
If it turns out that your crown is absolutely fine and the same color it was when you first received it, but your teeth have since picked up stains you can easily whiten your teeth. Some patients worry that the whitening gel will damage their porcelain crown.
The good news is while the whitening gel doesn’t whiten the crown, neither does it damage the crown. You can safely whiten your teeth with no fear of damaging the crown.
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