I have a dental crown. It’s starting to show it’s age. I bought some over-the-counter whitening. It’s taken a while but my teeth are finally starting to get whiter. That’s great, but I can’t seem to get the crown to whiten. Does it require something different? Would dentist whitening do it? I’m liking the way my teeth are starting to look, but the crowns ruining it.
I’m glad you’re feeling good about the new whiter color of your teeth. Teeth whitening is one of the most affordable and effective ways of remaking your smile. It’s not the type of whitening you’re doing that is ineffective on your dental crown. The truth is nothing whitens dental work. Only natural tooth structure can be whitened. However, there is a solution.
You mentioned the crown was getting old. It’s probably getting time to replace it anyway. In a way, that’s good news for you. You can get your teeth as white as you want and then have a new crown made to match your youthful looking teeth. Just be certain that whatever dentist you choose understands that crowns visible when you smile need to be all-porcelain crowns.
Whitening Your Teeth
Over-the-counter whitening products can be effective, but they take much longer than the teeth whitening that you can get with your dentist. Some patients, who want especially white, bright teeth find that it ends up costing them more with over-the-counter products with the amount of product they have to get, than if they’d gone to the dentist beforehand.
The reason for that is the strength of the over-the-counter products versus professional. For safety reasons the over-the-counter products can’t be the same strength because you’re not under the supervision of a dentist. It can cause problems with your gums under certain conditions.
You can get your teeth whitened with a dentist two ways, which you can read about on our teeth whitening page. I will point out, unlike with most in-office whitening systems, our system allows you to control the level of whitening your teeth get.
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