Can You Whiten Crowns?

When your dentist placed your dental crown, they probably made sure that it matched the color of your teeth. Unfortunately, our diet and lifestyle choices (such as smoking or drinking coffee) can stain our natural teeth. Over time, your teeth got a bit more yellowish while your crown remained white.

If this discrepancy is bothering you, you may be looking into whitening options to improve the appearance of your smile. But, can you whiten dental crowns?

Let's find out!

Why Dental Crowns Can't Be Whitened

Unfortunately, dental crowns (as well as veneers and dental bridges for that matter) don't respond to whitening treatments. The material they are made of, be it porcelain or composite porcelain, is not affected by whitening agents.

So, what can you do?

Ways to Brighten Your Smile If You Have Crowns

The fact that you can't whiten dental crowns may seem like bad news. Fortunately, you still have some viable options to improve the appearance of your teeth.

Plan Your Tooth Restoration Carefully

Dentists will design a crown that matches the color and shape of your teeth. Before you get the crown, ask yourself if you are happy with the appearance of your smile. If the answer is no, then it would be best to whiten your teeth first, then get a crown that matches the new shade of your pearly whites.

Whiten Your Teeth Before Getting a New Crown

Dental crowns don't stain as easily as natural teeth. That said, it doesn't mean that your crown can't get a bit discolored over time.

If your crown has developed a yellowish hue, then a good idea would be to whiten your teeth first and then get a new crown that will match the rest of your teeth.

Wait for about two weeks before getting a new crown to make sure that you are happy with the results.

Keep in mind that because whitening agents don't affect dental crowns, if you whiten your teeth without changing your dental crown too, you will get an uneven result.

Do You Want to Improve Your Smile? We're Here to Help You!

Whether it's crowns, veneers, or teeth whitening in West Bend, at Oakbrook Dental, we've got you covered.

We think that dental treatments should be personalized. That's why we only make recommendations based on your unique needs and make sure you receive the best treatment for your specific case and budget. We are transparent and friendly and always communicate with our patients to let them know what they can expect from the process.

If you would like to book an appointment with us, you can use the online contact form on our website to get in touch.

You can also call us at (262) 335-0822, tell us about your problem, and we will direct you to the best service for your needs.