Do All Teeth Whiteners Work on Crowns or Colored Fillings?

have stained crowns and fillings...need to whiten teeth!

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Whiteners don't work on crowns or fillings

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Definitely one of the questions I hear most often, but the answer is that no tooth whiteners work on crowns or tooth colored fillings. Whitening products only work on natural tooth structure.

Cleveland Dentist

You can't whiten crowns or fillings.

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Nope.  Fillings and crowns cant be whitened.  In order to change the shade, they must be replaced.


Steve Alper, DMD
New York Dentist

Crowns and fillings don’t change with whiteners

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You can not bleach porcelain crowns or white fillings. If one has crowns on front teeth that match the color before bleaching, they will stand out and appear darker next to the bleached natural teeth. Therefore, if bleaching is to be done, the patient needs to be informed about the need to change the old crown to match the newly bleached teeth.


It is advisable to bleach teeth first, let a week pass and then pick a matching shade to the new crown or veneers.


Arthur Kezian, DDS
Los Angeles Dentist

Using whitening toothpastes can keep your crowns, veneers and bonding looking good.

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You can not whiten crowns or veneers-they are made of porcelain.  Tooth colored bonding does not whiten but you can whiten the rest of the tooth and that may reflect in your tooth colored filling.  The margins of all of these dental restorations can stain so taking good care of them is important. 

Use a whitening toothpaste like Supersmile to keep your dental work looking good.  The whitening products will help you care for the margins of the restorations.    If you  need to replace your dentistry, always do it after whitening.

Wendy S. Spektor, DDS
Bellevue Dentist

Restorations will not whiten

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It is not possible to whiten a crown or composite filling with whitening treatment. The enamel of teeth will lighten but the shade of the restorations will not change. Sometimes plaque or calculus on the teeth can be cleaned and help to make restorations look better but overall the original shade will be as white as it could possibly be without planning replacement.

Charles Sutera, DMD
Boston Dentist

Need to Whiten

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Only what you were born with will whiten.  Anything a Dentist puts in your mouth (crowns, fillings) will not whiten.  Good Luck, and enjoy your new whiter smile when you replace your stained one.

Madeleinne Zapantis, DMD
Long Island Dentist

Teeth Whiteners Only Work on NATURAL Tooth Structure

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One of the biggest problems encountered when trying to whiten your teeth with peroxide-based teeth whitening products is you just may be opening a bigger  "can of worms" when natural teeth get whiter and fillings, veneers and crowns that show in your smile do not. Always be sure that you know, or your dentist shows you, where tooth colored fillings or other restorations have been placed (they often blend in and are not always noticeable) before whitening because you may have to consider changing a yellowish tooth colored filling after you finish.

Whiteners Don Not work on Crowns, Fillings or Veneers

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Tooth whitening systems only will work on natural tooth structure.  Unfortunately they will not lighten any restoration

Brian Dorfman, MD, DMD
Phoenix Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon

Teeth Whiteners

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Unfortunately teeth whiteners do not work on crowns or filings.  The only way to change the color of existing restorations is to replace them.

Crowns and Colored Fillings Won't Whiten

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Unfortunately crowns and veneers can't be whiten as porcelain can't change color.  The bonding won't change color but the rest of the tooth will.  Whitening agents only works on your natural tooth structure.  Therefore, you must go back to your dentist to get the crowns or fillings replaced if you whiten your teeth.

Lawrence Singer, DMD
Washington Dentist
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