Can You Whiten Dental Crowns?

Dental crowns are great at helping you restore your smile and oral health. If your tooth is severely stained or a bit chipped, a crown can help you restore its appearance. If your tooth is decayed, then a crown can help you protect it after the dentist removes the infected part. 

But, what happens when the color of your crown doesn't match the shade of your teeth anymore? Can you whiten dental crowns? 

Sadly, the answer isn't this simple. 

No, You Can't Whiten Dental Crowns. Here's Why

Just like veneers or dental bridges, dental crowns can't be whitened. Dental crowns are made from porcelain or composite porcelain. These materials don't respond to whitening agents. This means that no matter the type of whitening treatment you are using, the color of the crown will remain the same. 

So, if your crown has changed its color, using a whitening treatment won't do anything. Your natural teeth will get whiter, but the color of the crown will remain the same. 

You Still Have Some Options 

Now, just because you can't whiten crowns, it doesn't mean that you are out of options. 

The material dental crowns are made of is stain-resistant, which means that your crown will stain at a slower rate than your natural teeth. If your crown has turned a bit yellow, then it may mean it's reaching the end of its life. If that's the case, then you should consider changing your crown as it may become more prone to damage and it may not protect your tooth as well as before. 

If you decide to change your dental crown and want to also brighten your smile, then opt for whitening treatment before you get the new crown. Wait for about two weeks after the treatment to see if you are happy with the results or if you would like a second round of treatment. Once you get the desired results, the dentist will create a new crown to match the new shade of your teeth. 

Proper Planning Is Key

Your teeth are likely to stain and change color over time. If you want to maximize the benefits of your dental crown, then you should always think a few steps ahead. 

Your Sarasota dentist will design the dental crown to match the color and shape of your teeth. If you are not happy with your smile, then it's best to have them whitened first before you get the crown. If you skip this step, it may be more difficult to get the white, Hollywood smile you desire. 

Interested in Teeth Whitening Treatments? Call Us Now! 

Do you want to give your smile a boost? Do you have a dental crown and aren't sure if you can whiten your smile? Sarasota Bay Dental can help you! 

Contact us now and let us help you transform your smile.