Should I Get Teeth Whitening Before Crowns?

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Whitening treatments do not affect porcelain crowns, so it’s better to whiten your natural teeth first and then match the crown to the color of your new smile. If the crown is shade-matched to your current smile, and you later decide to get your teeth whitened, the hue of the crown will no longer perfectly match the surrounding teeth and may appear noticeably more yellow or discolored.

If you are getting a crown and would also like whiter teeth, our Long Island cosmetic dentists will craft the perfect treatment plan to help you achieve the pearly white smile you desire, both for now and for the future.

Each Crown Is Specifically Crafted to Match the Color of Your Surrounding Teeth

A crown is an artificial “cap” that is installed to repair the remaining part of a damaged tooth. The crown replicates the original shape of the original tooth so that it fits naturally within your bite. A crown can also be used to repair a chipped tooth, or it can be used to fill and seal a cavity.

Crowns are commonly used to cover discolored teeth as well, unifying the shade of your smile.

Your dentist will color-match your porcelain crown to the surrounding teeth. This involves comparing a tooth to a color swatch, much like those found in home decor stores. Once the right hue is chosen, the crown will be altered to flawlessly match your existing smile.

How Much Time Do You Have to Leave Between the Whitening Treatment and Getting the Crown?

Generally speaking, you should wait at least two weeks between completing a teeth whitening treatment and proceeding with additional dental work, such as crowns or veneers. This slight waiting period ensures that the new, whiter color of your teeth has fully set in so that the crowns can be perfectly matched to the new shade.

Whitening Before Crowns

Advanced tooth whitening procedures from LI Implant & Cosmetic Dentistry work to break apart the stains that have set into your tooth’s enamel. Once the stains are broken up, teeth appear whiter and healthier.

Because whitening will not alter the color of a crown, you should first get your teeth to the desired shade and then match the crown to your new, brighter smile.

Teeth Whitening in Suffolk County

LI Implant & Cosmetic Dentistry offers multiple effective teeth whitening treatments, including in-office treatments with bleaching gels that are activated with light therapy, or take-home bleaching trays. Either way, the whitening process is easy, quick, safe, and effective for the long-term. We also offer state-of-the-art CEREC crown technology to strengthen your teeth and beautify your smile.

Call our Suffolk County, Long Island, office today and schedule a consultation with our team of professionals!

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