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Whitening my crowns

Can you tell me if I can whiten my dental crowns? They’ve always been fine, but then a few weeks ago they started picking up stains and getting dull.

Audra W. – Baltimore


I suspect that your dental hygienist used a prophy-jet or something similar that destroys the glaze on your crowns. It will do the same to porcelain veneers. She may not have realized what she did because after the cleaning they will still look normal.

There isn’t a way to use teeth whitening gel on dental work. It won’t do anything. Unfortunately, the only way to fix this situation is to have the glaze re-done, which will take an expert cosmetic dentist to do that.  Your other option is to have them re-placed.

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