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Is it possible to whiten crowns, veneer or bonding?

If your dental work is looking dingy, try these tips.

By Sally Wadyka Sep 5, 2013 10:35PM

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Even teeth that aren’t 100 percent natural can suffer the same staining issues as natural ones, and sometimes dental work such as porcelain crowns, veneers or bonding are actually more susceptible to stains and yellowing.

“But with the right techniques and tools, you can bring them back to the original color your dentist made them,” says Jennifer Jablow, a cosmetic dentist in New York City who works on the smiles of countless celebrities.

Skip the white strips and buy a good whitening toothpaste system. Jablow recommends IntelliWhite booster and toothpaste duo and SuperSmile toothpaste and accelerator. With these two-tube methods, you get clinical-strength peroxide in a separate tube that will gently lift the stains as you brush.

“Toothpastes that claim to be whitening in one tube have little or no peroxide, so they won’t work as well to lift stains,” Jablow says. “Plus they often contain harsh abrasives.” And since bonding stains the most easily, she recommends using a whitening system daily to keep it looking fresh.

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Sep 11, 2013 2:36PM
It is IMPOSSIBLE to whiten crowns, veneer's or bonding......I work in a dental office and we need to tell people to whiten before having their treatment, if that's what they want to do, so we can match the shade after.  This is a completely FALSE article.
Sep 11, 2013 11:22AM
I whiten my teeth and freshen my breath using a mixture of a cheap bottle of peroxide and water.  I can testify that it works because I have beautiful white teeth.
Sep 12, 2013 2:28AM
Best answer to this is to ask your dentist . . . . .
Sep 11, 2013 5:11PM
@ Lost In RI- this article is describing how to restore your dental work to its original condition after months or years of staining. It says "With the right techniques and tools, you can bring them back to the original color your dentist made them."

This article is not false. I switched to a whitening toothpaste after I noticed my bonding was looking stained and now it is as white as the day it was applied.
Sep 11, 2013 1:26PM
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