Myth Buster: Can You Whiten Crowns, Implants, and Veneers?

If you have a crown, veneer, or a dental implant, you may be wondering if it’s possible to whiten your dental work and make sure it matches your smile. In this blog from the office of Dr. Stan Kimball, we’ll dispel a few common myths about whitening your dental work.

You Can’t Whiten A Crown, Implant, Or Veneer – But You Usually Don’t Need To 

There are two common types of teeth whitener. The first category is abrasive whiteners. These use a very gentle abrasive like baking soda to rub away plaque and surface stains from your teeth.

The second category is chemical whiteners. These whiteners, like carbamide peroxide and hydrogen peroxide, induce a chemical reaction when they contact teeth stains on your enamel, breaking the bonds that hold them to your tooth. This, turn, “bleaches” away the stain.

But crowns, implants, and veneers are not made of enamel. They’re made of porcelain, and typically, this porcelain material is chosen to match the shade of your existing teeth. This material does not respond to either type of whitening treatment.

However, there’s good news. Porcelain is a nonporous material. It should never become stained, so your crowns, implants, or veneers should never require whitening in the first place. 

Why Does My Smile Look Uneven With An Implant, Veneer, Or Crown?

Although crowns, implants, and veneers will not become discolored, this doesn’t mean your other teeth can’t change color. 

For example, if you don’t brush or floss properly after getting an implant, your implant may remain bright and white, but your other teeth may darken and become stained.

Or, if you choose to have your teeth whitened, your old dental work like veneers and crowns may look dark or yellow, since they probably won’t match the color of your newly-whitened teeth. 

To keep your smile looking even, it’s important to maintain good oral hygiene after you get a crown, veneers, or a dental implant. Your dental work will be matched to the current shade of your teeth, so as long as you brush and floss regularly and see Dr. Kimball for a six-month cleaning and oral exam, your smile will remain bright and even.

Can I Replace A Discolored Piece Of Dental Work? 

If you have an old piece of dental work that looks noticeably darker than the rest of your teeth due to cosmetic treatments like teeth whitening, it may be possible to remove and replace it. 

However, this depends on your oral health, the location of your tooth, and a number of other factors. With a consultation at the office of Dr. Stan Kimball, you can find out if your old dental work can be replaced, and get a more even, cosmetically-pleasing smile. 

Contact Our Office Today To Restore Your Smile 

Whether you’re interested in replacing an old piece of dental work, or you have issues with your smile like damaged teeth, missing teeth, or cosmetic problems like gaps in your smile, Dr. Stan Kimball is here to help.

At our office in Laguna Hills, we can provide you with expert dental care in a comfortable environment. Call now at (949) 586-6030 or contact us online to schedule a consultation, and to explore your options for restoring your smile.

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