Whether you choose to use gels, veneers or some other form of tooth whitening, there are a few things you should be aware of if you have dental crowns.
The number one question we hear from patrons about crowns is "Can crowns be whitened just like natural teeth?” and the short answer to that is no, they cannot. However, that does not mean that there are not options for whitening your smile!
Why Whiten Your Teeth?
Many people come to us seeking treatment to whiten their smile. Over time things like coffee, tea, soft drinks, smoking and even age can cause your teeth to become yellow and look dull. Whitening is an excellent way to restore your smile to a beautiful shine, but what if you have crowns?
If your smile has yellowed to the point of needing to be whitened and you get a crown, typically we match the crown to your existing natural tooth color. If you are scheduled to receive a crown and you want to have your teeth whitened, please tell Dr. Kim. In some cases, we can either whiten your teeth prior to the crown application or if the crown is an immediate necessity, we can give you a lighter crown and then whiten your teeth to match it.
If you already have crowns and you want to whiten your smile, we can do that as well. Unfortunately, since the whitening has no effect on crowns or veneers, you will need to replace your crown or veneers with new ones to match your natural, whiter teeth.
Whatever your reason for whitening your teeth, please give us a call and set up a consultation with Dr. Kim. We will be happy to give you a thorough check up and discuss your options with you at your next appointment.