Female | 20 years old
Dr. Joe Ferraro
Also if you do a crown do whitening BEFORE..then take tooth color to match
If you only have a bonded filling on the tooth, then you can absolutely whiten your teeth now. It will not harm the tooth, but the whitening will not change the color of the bonded filling, so there could be a little discrepancy. Then, you can make the new crown match the shade of the rest of your teeth!!
I usually do not recommend placing a permanent new crown before whitening, because then you are committed to trying to bleach your teeth to match the crown unpredictably. If you have a temporary crown in place now, I would not recommend whitening now, because it could make a temporary crown turn an orangey color.
Hope this helps!!
I'm very sorry to hear that you broke your tooth. The short answer is that every case is different. Without seeing the specifics of your tooth, I can only speak in generalizations. In general, you definitely would want to complete whitening prior to doing anything like a crown. You also want to be finished whitening at least 2 weeks prior to taking a shade for the crown. If there is some instability in your particular tooth, it may be recommended to fabricate a temporary crown to strengthen the tooth while you are whitening. To answer your other question, no porcelain or resin restoration will whiten. That is why you need to get to your final shade in advance.
Best of luck!
Dr. Vanessa Newton
Hope this helps.
Ideally, you would whiten your teeth PRIOR to a crown! You cannot whiten a crown! If the root canal treated tooth has discolored, ask your dentist about internal bleaching for that tooth. Once this is done and the tooth is back to its original shade and you have completed whitening/bleaching for your teeth, generally, then proceed with the crown and match it to the now whitened teeth. Do remember that bleached teeth require maintenance and touch ups with whitening every 6 months or so. This will have to be done to maintain. Remember, the crown will always be this color!
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Tooth-colored composite fillings and porcelain crowns ("caps", "fake teeth") do not whiten the same way as the teeth, so I would suggest you whiten to the desirable and tolerable (due to some sensitivity sometimes) shade, then proceed with the crown or other prostheses.