Can you Bleach Crowns or Veneers?

Does bleach work on crowns or veneers? In this video, Dr. Geen tells us the best way to approach teeth whitening as it relates to crowns or porcelain veneers.

Today we’re going to be talking about patients who have veneers or crowns and the question of whether or not those can be lightened. The truth is that one of the wonderful qualities about porcelain is that it does retain its color over time and it’s very stable. It’s not a material that you have to worry about really staining as time goes by. But it also is something that you really can’t lighten or bleach once it’s fabricated. The porcelains are very specific in their color and when they’re fabricated they’re made to match the adjacent natural teeth when they are being made.
So we try to plan in advance if a patient comes to us and they’re interested in having a crown replaced or having some veneers placed. The most important thing is, if you’re a patient who wants to lighten your teeth ultimately, the best sequence of treatment is to do the bleaching first, or the very front end of the treatment. You want to lighten your teeth to a color that you’re happy with. The natural teeth should be a shade you’re comfortable keeping with. And then your doctor can have the veneers fabricated to match those teeth. And then as time goes by, you’re going to keep those colors.

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