I’ve had crowns for 30 years. They’re starting to show their age. What would you recommend to whiten old crowns? I know teeth whitening won’t work. Would putting a porcelain veneer on it work?
If you’ve had crowns which lasted thirty years, they must be all-porcelain crowns. I can’t think of any other which would last that long. Great choice! You’re right that teeth whitening won’t work on this. As you’ve likely heard, even professional teeth whitening can only work on natural tooth structure.
Unfortunately, nothing whitens dental work. As they’re 30 years old, it’s probably getting time to replace them anyway. That’s what I’d suggest in your place. Porcelain veneers cost more than crowns, but there are also serious problems attaching them to crowns.
Porcelain Veneers Bonded to Crowns
You’ll be pasting old porcelain onto new porcelain. There are three problems with that:
- It’s hard to get a great bond that way.
- They often end up stained.
- The bond rarely lasts very long.
In your place, I’d just replace the crowns with new porcelain crowns. After all, these lasted you 30 years, maybe the next ones will too.
Thinking Long-Term When Replacing Your Porcelain Crowns
If you’re going to be replacing your crowns anyway, you should consider whitening your teeth first. You obviously care about the appearance of your smile because you wanted to whiten up your aging crowns. However, if you want all your teeth whitened, you need to do it before you replace the crowns.
This will allow your cosmetic dentist to match your new crowns to your brighter, white smile, giving you a completely natural looking and blended smile.
If you’re anxious to get your smile re-done quickly, you can use Zoom Whitening. Such in-office whitening can bleach your teeth in just one appointment, allowing you not to have to wait the weeks whitening with trays would normally take. Though, it does give you less control on the level of whitening you get.
Zoom whitening is a no holds barred, get your teeth as whitened as possible type of treatment.
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