Dental crowns are not affected by whitening treatments, but can be customised to match the colour of the natural teeth.
If you have had a dental crown fitted, you might be wondering if a whitening treatment will have any impact on its colour. Most dental crowns are made from porcelain or composite materials, which are not affected by bleaching treatments. The good news is that your crown will retain its original colour, so even if your natural teeth begin to discolour, your crown should keep its shade in the long-term.
What whitening treatments are available?
There are a number of whitening treatments available, including over-the-counter products and professional whitening. For the most effective and safest option, it is advisable to consult with your dentist to see if you are a suitable candidate for a professional bleaching treatment. It is important to note, however, that professional whitening will not affect a dental crown, so if you have noticed stains and discolouration on your teeth, your goal should be to whiten your natural teeth so that they better match your restoration.
What do crowns look like?
The good news is that dental crowns can be matched to the colour of your natural teeth, so if you have already had your teeth whitened, your dentist can ensure that your crown is as bright as the rest of your smile. In fact, crowns achieve a very natural-looking result and can go a long way in restoring the aesthetic of one’s smile. Beyond their cosmetic benefits, crowns help to strengthen damaged or weakened teeth and can enhance their strength and function quite considerably.
How do crowns work?
Dental crowns are commonly made from porcelain or composite material. They are designed to fit over an entire tooth and work to replace the full exterior or natural crown. Crowns are often recommended to patients who have suffered a tooth trauma or severe tooth decay that has weakened the structure of the tooth. Crowns are also sometimes recommended following root canal treatment when a considerable amount of natural tooth has been damaged or removed.
Who is suited to a whitening treatment?
Although restorations like crowns and dental veneers cannot be whitened, natural teeth that have been affected by external stains and discolouration can often be effectively treated with a professional bleaching treatment. Most people who have good oral health can benefit from a whitening treatment, but we encourage our patients to come in for a consultation so that we can confirm whether or not the process is right for you.
Teeth whitening is available as both an in-office and at-home treatment. The treatment that you prefer will depend on your particular needs and aesthetic goals — if you want instant results, in-office whitening is for you, but if you would prefer a gradual treatment that you can administer at home, you might consider an at-home kit. Both treatments achieve good results, and with the guidance of your dentist, are safe.
How can we help?
At Crookes & Jenkins Dental, we offer both dental crowns and teeth whitening treatments. Crowns are an effective option when it comes to repairing damaged teeth and can be colour matched to suit to shade of your natural teeth. If you have had a crown placed and have noticed that your natural teeth have become discoloured or stained, you might consider a whitening treatment — the bleaching process will brighten your teeth without affecting the colour of your crown.
If you would like to find out about our cosmetic and restorative treatments, please take a look at the full list of services that we provide here.
If you would like to arrange an appointment, get in touch with us here or give us a call on 07 3367 1122. Our team is dedicated to providing top-quality dental care to patients of all ages, and we look forward to welcoming you to our comfortable practice in Rosalie.