Does Tooth Whitening Affect Fillings, Veneers or Crowns?
Tooth colored fillings are made from composite resin, which is a type of plastic material. Veneers can be made from this same substance, or from porcelain. Many crowns are now porcelain or covered with porcelain for aesthetic purposes. Presently none of these tooth colored enhancements can be modified through teeth whitening.
Patients that are scheduled for any of these cosmetic treatments, while considering teeth whitening, are always encouraged to pursue whitening first. Since composite resin and porcelain can be matched in contour and shade to surrounding teeth, whitening is always recommended so the restorations can be matched to your whiter, brighter smile.
Patients that are scheduled for any of these cosmetic treatments, while considering teeth whitening, are always encouraged to pursue whitening first.
Before pursuing teeth whitening, your cosmetic dentist will assess your dental condition to make sure you are a good candidate for whitening. Patients with extensive gum recession or enamel breaches are likely to experience some sensitivity during whitening. Brushing with a paste for sensitive teeth is recommended for a couple of weeks prior to whitening.
In office teeth whitening can lighten teeth up to eight shades in just one treatment. If restorations have already been placed in office teeth whitening may not be your best option. Whitening at home is a slower process allowing you to gauge the affect whitening has before pursuing further. If a restoration is in the smile line, surrounding natural teeth will lighten so you can determine if you wish to move forward. If results are not satisfactory, you can simply discontinue.
With Zoom in office whitening, you are receiving a two-fold benefit.
The whitening gel being used is the most powerful available since it is being administered by a dental professional.
Your dental provider is there to make sure all safety considerations are met, all questions are answered, and if any issues do arise you are being cared for by someone who has been trained in all aspects of your dental care.
To keep your new smile bright, follow the instructions provided; limit the things that are knows to stain teeth (coffee, tea, red wine, colas, berries, tomato sauce, beets, and tobacco). If you do use these products, try to brush as quickly as possible to help curtail staining or discoloration. Touch-up kits are available, if needed.
With teeth whitening and your new restorations, you will have a beautiful smile for many years to come. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Melisa Christian for more information about teeth whitening and restorations.