Can Veneers, Bridges and Crowns be Whitened?

A smile is a universal language that transcends language barriers and speaks of a person’s joy, confidence, and self-assurance. It’s a reflection of our inner happiness and an expression of our personality. 

Not being able to smile with confidence because of issues with your teeth can dramatically affect your well-being.

Modern aesthetic dentistry offers life-changing solutions to restore damaged teeth using procedures like crowns, bridges, and veneers.

However, over time the things we eat and drink can sometimes affect how our bodies feel, and can also make our teeth, both natural and dental restorations lose some of their white shine.

We know natural teeth can be whitened, but can you get teeth whitening procedures done to veneers, bridges and crowns? In this blog, we will answer this question.

Understanding the challenge

Dental restorations such as crowns, bridges, and veneers are commonly made from materials like porcelain or ceramic. These materials, while durable and natural-looking, do not respond to conventional teeth whitening treatments as natural tooth enamel does. 

The colour of these restorations is typically determined during their creation and can’t be altered through traditional whitening methods.

So whitening of aesthetic teeth restorations is not recommended but we have a few other recommendations to help you enjoy a bright smile. 

Enhance your smile with tooth whitening before tooth restorations

Before considering procedures like crowns, bridges, or veneers to restore your teeth, think about the benefits of teeth whitening for brightening your natural teeth before having these procedures done. 

While teeth whitening may not work as well on dental restorations, it is very effective for your natural teeth. By whitening your natural teeth before having restorative work done, you can achieve a balanced and radiant smile.

This approach makes sure that your restored teeth and your natural teeth match well, giving you a confident and harmonious result. 

Professional teeth whitening

When it comes to restoring the colour of your natural teeth, professional teeth whitening stands out as the only dependable, safe choice. This method is designed to effectively enhance the colour of your teeth, ensuring a natural and appealing result. 

Unlike other approaches, professional teeth whitening is specifically tailored to address the stains and discolouration that can affect teeth. The process is skillfully administered by our dental professionals, guaranteeing both safety and optimal outcomes. 

By choosing professional teeth whitening, you’re opting for a proven method that can truly elevate the appearance of your teeth and deliver a revitalised, harmonious smile.

Tips for keeping your natural teeth, veneers, and crowns stain-free.

While direct whitening of dental restorations is limited, there are still strategies to maintain their whiteness and reduce stains. Here are some practical tips to help you keep your dental restorations and natural teeth looking their best:

  • Regular Dental Check-ups: Schedule regular dental check-ups every 6 months to ensure the longevity of your natural teeth and dental restorations and address any potential staining promptly.
  • Professional Cleaning: Consider professional dental cleanings, which can help remove stubborn stains and maintain the vibrancy of your veneers, crowns, and bridges.
  • Teeth Whitening for Natural Teeth: If you have natural teeth adjacent to your crowns, bridges, or veneers, a dentist can recommend our professional teeth whitening treatments to keep teeth white and bright.
  • Replacing Restorations: If your dental restorations have aged and no longer match the desired shade, you might consider replacing them with new ones that are closer to your desired tooth colour.
  • Regular Oral Hygiene: Maintain a consistent oral hygiene routine, including brushing and flossing, to prevent plaque buildup and staining on your dental restorations.
  • Choose Stain-Resistant Foods: Opt for stain-resistant foods like fruits, vegetables, and lean proteins, while minimising consumption of highly pigmented foods and beverages like coffee, tea, and red wine.
  • Rinse After Meals: Rinse your mouth with water after consuming staining substances to minimise their impact on your teeth.
  • Avoid Smoking: If you smoke, consider quitting or reducing your tobacco use to prevent discolouration of your dental work.

By following these simple yet effective tips, you can prolong the radiance of your natural teeth and dental restorations and enjoy a beautiful, confident smile for years to come.

Choose MyHealthcare Clinic for effective teeth whitening and teeth restoration options

When it comes to achieving and maintaining a vibrant, dazzling smile that encompasses dental restorations like veneers, crowns, and bridges or professional teeth whitening for natural teeth, MyHealthcare Clinic is your trusted partner. 

Our team of experienced dentists specialises in providing expert dental care that is tailored to your unique needs. With a commitment to safety, comfort, and exceptional results, you can confidently embark on your journey towards a brighter smile. 

Whether you’re seeking to enhance the colour of your natural teeth or a smile makeover our expert care ensures that you’re in good hands.  Book your appointment with us today. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Read our most commonly asked questions:

Can teeth whitening be done on veneers, bridges, and crowns?

No, professional teeth whitening can not brighten the colour of veneers, bridges, and crowns. However, whitening your natural teeth can ensure a harmonious blend between your dental restorations and natural teeth, resulting in a more uniform and vibrant smile if planned properly.

Is teeth whitening safe for dental restorations?

When performed by a skilled dentist, teeth whitening is safe for both natural teeth and dental restorations. Advanced techniques are used to minimise any potential risks and ensure the integrity of your teeth and dental work.

Can I whiten my veneers, bridges, or crowns at home?

Teeth whitening products available for home use are generally designed for natural teeth and will not be effective on dental restorations. Professional teeth whitening is only recommended for natural teeth and not for dental restorations. 

How soon after teeth whitening can I get dental work like veneers or crowns?

It’s advisable to wait for a short period after teeth whitening before proceeding with dental work like veneers or crowns. This allows the colour of your natural teeth to stabilise, ensuring a more accurate match between your dental restorations and your newly brightened teeth.

Will teeth whitening cause sensitivity to my dental restorations and teeth?

Professional teeth whitening is designed to minimise sensitivity, both for natural teeth and dental restorations. Dental experts use advanced techniques to ensure a comfortable and effective procedure while safeguarding the condition of your veneers, bridges, and crowns.

What teeth whitening is offered at MyHealthcare Clinic?

At MyHealthcare Clinic, we offer Phillips Zoom In-Clinic Whitening, which can whiten your teeth up to 8 shades whiter in just 45 min and is performed by our dentists. We also offer Home Teeth Whitening, which includes an effective kit for at-home use with guaranteed results.
You can book a free consultation with us for more information.

What dental restorations are offered by MyHealthcare Clinic?

MyHealthcare Clinic provides a range of dental restorations, including ceramic (white) dental crowns or caps, bridges, and veneers, to help enhance and restore the appearance and functionality of your teeth.

How long does teeth whitening last?

Teeth whitening that is done professionally at one of our clinics can last between 2 to 3 years. However, it is important to look after them and follow the recommendations to keep them white, such as limiting drinking coffee or red wine or smoking, which can minimise the duration to 6 months. In these cases having regular whitening top-ups will help you maintain your teeth white.