Will Teeth Whitening Work With Crowns and Fillings?
If you are unsatisfied with the appearance of your smile, teeth whitening can provide a quick and simple makeover. It's painless, non-invasive, and the effects are immediate.
But, before you book your appointment with Ladd Family Dental for a whitening session, read this blog post to find out if this treatment is compatible with dental crowns or fillings.
How Teeth Whitening Works
Teeth whitening is a cosmetic dental procedure that can help remove stains from your teeth, making them appear whiter and brighter.
Here's how it works.
The dentist uses a bleaching agent, such as hydrogen peroxide, to break down the stains on the tooth surface. The ingredients from the whitening gel penetrate the enamel and break down the stain molecules, making your teeth appear a few shades whiter.
Teeth Whitening Doesn't Work on Crowns and Filling
Both dental crowns and fillings are made from artificial materials, such as porcelain or composite resin. These materials don't respond to the bleaching agent as it's designed to target the natural teeth structure, like the enamel and dentin.
If you whiten your teeth and have crowns or a dental filling, you will get uneven results. Your natural teeth will respond to the treatment and get whiter while the crown or filling will remain the same color.
How Can You Achieve a Brighter Smile If You Have Crowns or Fillings?
While crowns and fillings can't be whitened, there are still some options available to improve the appearance of your smile.
For starters, you should maintain good oral hygiene and go to regular dental cleanings. Proper hygiene can keep bacteria buildup at a minimum and professional cleanings can help remove some surface stains, leaving your smile looking a bit whiter.
But, if your crown or filling has developed stains or looks discolored, it may be because they are approaching the end of their lifespan. In this case, you can opt to have them replaced. Be sure to whiten your teeth before getting the new crown or filling. This way you can get a bright and even smile that is sure to last you for a long time.
Consult with Dr. Ladd
Before undergoing any teeth whitening treatment, be it at home or in-office, stop by Ladd Family Dental and talk to Dr. Ladd about your goals. Let him know that you have a dental crown or filling so that he can find the best treatment option for your unique needs.
The easiest way to get in touch with the Ladd Family Dental is to send us a message online and tell us about your issue. We will get back to you as soon as possible.
You can also call us at (864) 233-1533 and chat with one of our friendly team members.
We're excited to meet you and grow our Ladd family!