I had a dental crown put on over a tooth that was in bad shape and needed a lot of work. I was a little disappointed with how it looks. It’s a little opaquey for my taste. Is there anything I can do to brighten it? Will teeth whitening work?
Alishia D.- Greenville, South Carolina
Have you spoken to your dentist regarding how your feel about the crown? It sounds like it was put in pretty recently. If he hasn’t permanently bonded it, then he could send it back and try to get it to look like what you were expecting.
Because your describing it as opaque, I suspect your dentist placed a porcelain fused to metal crown. Those are definitely more opaque than the all-porcelain crowns because they have to be able to hide the metal foundation.
As far as using teeth whitening to improve their appearance, that won’t work. Teeth Whitening, whether professional or over the counter, isn’t able to whiten any type of dental work. Your best bet is to have the rest of your teeth whitened, then have your dentist make a new all-porcelain crown (not fused to metal) that will match the new whiter color of your teeth.
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