Dental Crowns Do Not Bleach
Before you bleach your teeth, you should find out if you have any dental crowns or restorations (fillings) in your mouth that may look odd or unmatched after your tooth bleaching is complete. The reason for this is (insert sparkly boom here!)
If you want to bleach your teeth and you have crowns on your front teeth, you may need to replace those crowns if you want them to match your newly bleached teeth. In our office we will tell you what to expect from tooth bleaching and let you know the likelihood that you will also want to replace fillings or crowns for the ideal final result. We think it is very important that you are aware of this before you start the bleaching process!
In some cases you may find that the crowns seem to get whiter. How could this happen? If, for example, your crowns are somewhat translucent so that your natural tooth color can show through, they may seem to get brighter as your teeth get brighter. If you have all-porcelain and slightly translucent veneers the tooth may bleach and the brighter color will show through and make your veneers seem brighter as well. If your crown or crowns have any metal below the porcelain or if they are made from an opaque porcelain, they will not bleach. This is not a problem if you know in advance what to expect with bleaching.
Our patient had tried several types of bleaching systems and none seemed to work for her until she tried KoR bleaching in our office. Our office has had some amazing success with this bleaching system on our patients that do not whiten with other systems. We let her know that as her teeth became whiter, her crown would look darker and she would probably want to replace it. She had already wanted to replace this crown due to the visible margins and the fact that it had never looked “real”. Please look again in the future to see our final results after replacing the crown!