Can Dental Crowns Be Whitened?

Serving Greater Philadelphia, including Ardmore, Bryn Mawr, & Newtown Square.

image of smiling woman with bright white teethDental crowns are versatile restorations that can be used to protect weak or damaged teeth, or to serve as a replacement tooth as part of a dental implant or dental bridge. At The Office of Dr. Bellisario, we proudly offer custom-tailored dental crowns made from dental porcelain. Not only are porcelain crowns remarkably durable, they can be matched to the precise color of your existing teeth, resulting in a seamless, natural-looking smile.

Porcelain crowns cannot be whitened with professional teeth whitening services. If your crown becomes stained or discolored, it will need to be replaced to restore a gleaming appearance.  However, there are simple steps you can take in your everyday oral hygiene routine to help keep your dental crowns looking bright white and beautiful for years to come.

Tips for Maintaining Your Dental Crowns

Porcelain crowns are strong and stain-resistant, but they can become damaged and stained over time if they are not cared for correctly. To prevent your crowns from becoming stained, reduce your intake of foods and beverages that can stain your teeth. If you drink coffee, soda, or tea, try to use a straw to avoid contact with your crown, and make an effort to drink plenty of water during the day to help rinse your teeth clean.

Your crowns can be further cared for by:

  • Brushing your teeth with a soft-bristled toothbrush and nonabrasive toothpaste after every meal
  • Flossing twice a day
  • Visiting Dr. Bellisario every six months for a bi-annual exam

Although dental crowns cannot be whitened, professional teeth whitening services are highly effective for brightening the tooth enamel of your existing teeth. Many patients choose to have their teeth whitened when their restorations are placed, to maintain a consistent appearance, whether the restoration is a crown, white filling, inlay or onlay, dental bonding, or porcelain veneer. This is an option that can be discussed and revisited over time to ensure your smile is bright and beautiful for years to come.

Contact our Philadelphia Dentist Today

Please contact The Office of Doctor Bellisario using the form on this page or call 610-810-2090 today to schedule an appointment. We serve patients in Ardmore, Bryn Mawr and throughout the Philadelphia area.