What to Consider Before Attempting to Whiten Fake Teeth
If you’ve ever considered whitening your teeth, the first thing that comes to your mind is probably how you can get the whitest teeth in the quickest way possible. What you probably aren’t thinking about is whether or not it’s possible to whiten fake teeth.
How Fake Teeth Respond to Whitening Treatments
For patients that have crowns, veneers, dental implants or bridges, whitening fake teeth is something you need to consider before starting a whitening treatment. Why is that? Because many different dental materials such as those used in restorations or cosmetic treatments will not respond to whiteners. In fact, the whitening treatment may actually damage your natural or fake teeth. Especially if the restoration is old, leaky, or the tooth around it has started to decay again. You may start to experience sensitivity, burning, or tissue irritation simply from an over the counter whitening kit.
Some superficial stains, such as those caused by tobacco or coffee may lift off of your crowns or tooth colored fillings. But, you should never start a whitening routine without first checking with your dentist and having a thorough exam of your teeth and restorations. You want to be sure that you won’t damage your natural teeth or fake teeth during the whitening process.
Having Brighter Teeth
Fake teeth will never change colors once they have been placed inside of your mouth. The porcelain or resin materials are permanently shaded to match the color of the teeth around them. Once they are there, they will always look that way (other than superficial food stains that may accumulate.)
However, if you would like to change your smile – you may want to consider replacing your fake teeth to match your whitened tooth enamel. As long as all of your crowns, fillings or other restorations are safe, we can brighten your smile as white as you want it to be – and then change the restorations out afterward. Your new restorations will be re-matched to your new shade of teeth, providing you with a whitened smile that is dramatically brighter than it was before.
Maintaining a White Smile
Over time your natural teeth will start absorbing stains again. That’s why you will want to touch up your whitening treatment 2 or 3 times each year (preferably after a cleaning and polishing) to keep your natural teeth the same color as your whitened fake teeth. Otherwise, your restorations will be whiter than your real teeth after just a few years. With professional whitening treatment you can get results that are more effective and safer than weaker store-bought whitening kits.
At Chrysalis Dental Centres, we can help you change the way your smile looks. Our practice is focussed on the placement and restoration of dental implant solutions. We concentrate on dental implant solutions from individual teeth, to bridges, to entire arches of teeth.
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