Can You Whiten Your Teeth When You Have Dental Implants?

General, Cosmetic, and TMJ Dentists Serving Arlington, South Riding, and Nearby Areas of Northern Virginia

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If you’re considering having dental implants placed, keep in mind that the crown of the implant cannot be whitened. If you want a whiter smile than the one you currently have, you should whiten your teeth before you have your dental implants placed so that your dental crowns can match the color of your natural teeth. If you have your teeth whitened after your dental implants are placed, the artificial teeth will stand out since they won’t whiten along with your natural teeth. Smiling middle aged man showing off his white teeth and matching dental implants

Here at Arlington Dental Aesthetics and South Riding Smiles, we’ll work with you to make sure that your final result is one you’re happy with. Call us today at 703-527-1020 to schedule your consultation at our Arlington or South Riding office. 

Why Can’t You Whiten a Dental Crown?

Dental crowns, porcelain veneers, dental bridges, and other types of dental prosthetics don’t respond to whitening treatments the same way that natural teeth do. Whitening treatments won’t do much to brighten an artificial tooth, and they may even cause damage. 

Luckily, high quality porcelain crowns and veneers are highly stain resistant, so once you have them placed you should not need to whiten them in the future. Superficial stains should be easy enough to clean just with regular brushing, flossing, and dental visits. If somehow your crown becomes deeply stained, you may need to have it replaced. 

How to Maintain a Bright Smile with Dental Implants

Keep your smile bright and evenly colored by planning ahead. If you know that you’re going to want to get your teeth whitened, do it before you have your dental implants placed. Once your smile is the color you want, we can match your dental implant crowns to the rest of your smile. 

One thing to keep in mind is that the color of your dental crown will not change, so if your teeth begin to lose their whiteness, your crown may stick out since it will be whiter than the rest of your teeth. Keep your teeth bright and avoid staining by following these tips:

  • Avoid drinking too much red wine, coffee, tea, or other dark liquids
  • When you do drink dark liquids or eat foods like berries, rinse your mouth with water afterwards
  • Brush and floss every day
  • Visit your dentist at Arlington Dental Aesthetics or South Riding Smiles every six months for a deep cleaning

As long as you take care of your teeth and make sure your dental implant crown is carefully color-matched, you shouldn’t have any problems with unevenly colored teeth. 

Schedule Your Dental Implant Consultation Today

If you’re considering getting dental implants to replace missing teeth, don’t hesitate to contact Arlington Dental Aesthetics or South Riding Smiles today at 703-527-1020 to schedule your consultation. We serve patients in Arlington, South Riding, and other nearby areas of northern Virginia.

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