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Will Whitening Products Work on Dental Fillings?
Although dentists commonly perform dental fillings, some people have no idea there are different options. They also have questions that have to do with whitening. More than ever, people want white and bright smiles. That means whitening everything, including fillings. However, is that possible?
Different whitening options for dental fillings
Today, whitening teeth has never been easier. Along with a procedure performed at a dental clinic are an array of products used at home. In fact, a dental professional can send a patient home with a kit. Having a beautiful smile makes people feel good about themselves. The issue is that a lot of individuals now have crowns, veneers and dental fillings.
A huge advantage of the whitening options now available is they do not damage dental treatments. That means crowns, veneers, bonding and fillings do not deteriorate. One reason is that porcelain used for crowns and veneers, as well as composite for fillings are strong. These materials can withstand even the harshest whitening session.
The fact that people do not have to worry about damage to their dental treatments is good news. Unfortunately, even the most successful whitening solution will not improve the color of dental fillings. Therefore, a person with tooth-colored fillings would likely see a difference after whitening. In that case, the individual can visit the dentist to have the fillings replaced.
Careful planning is key for someone who needs a cavity filled or one of their dental fillings replaced. If that individual wants whiter teeth, they should have the cavity issue addressed first. That way, the dentist can go several shades lighter than the natural color of the teeth. After the whitening treatment, the teeth and dental fillings will match.
The challenge is getting the color of the dental fillings right. After all, everyone has different results when having teeth whitened. While some people’s teeth whiten by four shades, others see an improvement of eight shades. This is why visiting the right dentist is so important. Relying on experience, the dental professional can come extremely close.
Although teeth whitening products have advanced over the past 20 years, these still do not alter the color of dental fillings. As advances in technology and materials continue, there may come a day when that becomes a reality. At this point, there is no remedy. If someone has tooth-colored dental cavities on back teeth, it probably would not matter.
Not only do whitening agents not change the color of dental fillings, but some cause unwanted change. While these do not damage the dental treatment, there could be an effect on the hardness. That means at a microscopic level, an individual may experience a greater chance of microleakage. For this and other concerns, a person should talk to a dentist.
Achieving a gorgeous smile
Although your dental fillings will not respond to the tooth whitening process, you can still improve your smile. With white teeth, you will feel and look amazing. Make an appointment with a dental professional to enhance your smile.
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