Can You Whiten Dental Crowns?

Dental crowns are amazing restorative procedures that can help you regain the appearance and functionality of a tooth. But, if you are not very happy with how your smile looks and are considering teeth whitening, you may be wondering if you can whiten crowns too. 

Here's what you need to know. 

What Are Dental Crowns?

Dental crowns are caps shaped just like teeth that are placed over a natural tooth to restore its appearance and function.

Dental crowns are needed when:

  • A tooth is weak, and it needs protection 
  • Teeth are broken, or worn-down
  • To support a tooth with a large filling 
  • To support a dental bridge 
  • As a dental implant cover 
  • Cosmetic purposes 

Dental crowns can be made out of different materials, such as:

  • Stainless steel (this is more of a temporary solution)
  • Metal alloys 
  • Porcelain fused to metal
  • Composite resin
  • Ceramic 
  • Porcelain 

Each type of dental crown can be chosen based on different reasons, and you can discuss your best options with your dentist in Kyle, TX

Can Dental Crowns Be Whitened?

As for the subject of our article, the short answer to the question is: No, dental crowns cannot be whitened.

When the color of your dental crown and your teeth starts to look different, you might be tempted to try a tooth whitening product at home or ask your dentist to perform it. 

But these products can be dangerous for your dental crowns.  

When the crowns start to wear off or change color, it's usually time for a replacement. Dental crowns have quite a long lifespan and can last as long as 15 years or more with the proper care. Of course, several factors can influence their longevity, such as the material they are made of and how well they are taken care of. 

You cannot whiten your dental crowns, but you can make sure they are well maintained. 

Ways to Care for Your Dental Crowns

Here are some tips you can practice daily or when required that will ensure a long life for your dental crowns:

  • Talk to your dentist and make sure you choose the right color for your crowns 
  • Choose the option that is more resistant to wear and tear and staining, if possible 
  • Avoid sticky and hard foods
  • Brush, floss, and rinse daily to keep your teeth healthy 
  • Do not use your teeth as tools 
  • If you grind and clench your teeth, use a night guard
  • Use a mouthguard if you play contact sports
  • Visit your dentist twice a year for regular check-ups, and whenever needed
  • Rinse and/or wash your teeth after having staining foods and beverages 

We Can Help Keep Your Smile Healthy and Beautiful 

Dental crowns are versatile solutions for different dental treatments, and you can make the most of them if you follow these tips as much as possible.

At Bravo Family Dentistry, we are eager to help you maintain your oral health and get a gorgeous smile that you will want to show off. 

Contact us, and schedule an appointment today!

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