I’ve had my crowns for close to 30 years. The crowns have held up well, but I’d like to brighten my smile overall. Not a super white smile, just get rid of some of the stains. Do I have to do anything special to the crowns when I whiten my teeth or will it work the same as my teeth? I’m not sure what the material is for my crowns, so maybe I need that information first?
If they’ve held up for that long, they would have to be porcelain crowns. Nothing else would have endured and stayed useable. While teeth whitening won’t harm your porcelain crowns, it won’t whiten them either. Not even professional teeth whitening will work on any dental work.
The best option for you is to replace the crowns. At their age, they were likely to need replacing soon anyway. It would be good to check beneath the crowns as well to make sure there is no decay developing under there anyway.
Replacing Porcelain Crowns
Be certain you whiten your teeth before having your crown replaced. This way they match the color of your new porcelain crowns to the brighter color of your teeth.
If you’re in a hurry to replace, you can do Zoom Whitening. It will whiten your teeth in one appointment. However, you mentioned you didn’t want them super white. Zoom gets your teeth as white as they possibly can.
As you just want to brighten them a bit, have your dentist make you at-home whitening trays. Wear them for around 20 minutes a day until you get to the level of brightness you want for your teeth. Of course, there will be a small mismatch while you get your teeth where you want them. Once that’s ready, your crowns can be done rather quickly.
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