Dental implants can last a lifetime with proper maintenance and have a success rate of up to 98%, but they don’t always stay white. What do you do if those implants start to yellow?
Americans spend about $1.4 billion total on tooth whitening products and procedures every year, but even the best cosmetic dentist in the world can’t whiten dental implants with the same methods you’d use to whiten your teeth.
Before you take any teeth whitening action, figure out what your dental implants are made of. Plastic crowns and veneers might stain or discolor over time, but porcelain won’t discolor…or whiten. This means that, with either material, traditional teeth whitening methods may cause your implant to stand out.
The exception to this is translucent veneers, which are designed to show the color of the tooth under the shell. If your veneers are translucent, ordinary tooth-whitening techniques will usually work.
Talk to your dentist about whitening options. Remember, porcelain crowns are designed to match the current color of your teeth and won’t whiten with your other teeth. The cost it might take to replace the crown with a new one to match your white teeth might be too expensive or risky.
Getting veneers for your dental implants is often a more cost-effective method of whitening your smile. You can use the veneer to cover multiple teeth, or you can whiten the rest of your teeth and get veneers for your implants that match the new color.
You can also try to blend the whiteness of your original teeth so the transition to the implant color is less jarring. This is a good method if you don’t want to stack dental work on dental work but may need to be done professionally.
When it comes to whitening implants, planning ahead is crucial. Talk to your dentist to find out what the best strategy is for your smile.
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