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Can You Whiten a Crown?

model crown As a common procedure nowadays, dental crowns and bridges are fixed restorations used to rebuild or replace a missing tooth. Think of a crown as a “cap” that is placed over a damaged or weak tooth to protect and restore its function. Meanwhile, a bridge replaces a missing tooth by suspending a false tooth between two adjacent teeth fitted with crowns.

If you have a crown or bridge, or you’re scheduled to have one done soon, there are some things to consider. As so many of us are simultaneously investing in teeth whitening procedures and at-home products, the process has implications for your crowns and bridges and it’s important to understand what to expect while you hope for whiter, brighter smiles.

Whitening Your Teeth Alongside Crowns or Bridges

Crowns and bridges can be made from metal, ceramic or porcelain. Our Pinnacle Dental team uses the latest technology to mill the crown and match the exact shape of the tooth using a 3D virtual scan. Your tooth colour at the time of production will then be matched to your crown or bridge.

Crowns and bridges are stain-resistant and will retain their colour over time for the most part, even as your other teeth become stained or yellow. Likewise, a crown or bridge will resist whitening efforts, professional or otherwise.

If you want whiter teeth, the best time to do this is before your crown or bridge appointments. If you already have a crown or bridge placed, it is possible to have it removed and have a more whitened bridge or crown put in its place if you’re interested in whitening your other teeth. Of course, this will be done at your expense, so it’s always better to whiten your teeth ahead of time when possible.

We Can Help You Decide What’s Best

Our team will happily assess your situation and help guide you through your options. Don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions about teeth whitening and your planned dental care, or ask our dental professionals during your appointments.


Any invasive or surgical procedure may carry risks. Before moving forward, it is recommended that you seek a second opinion from an appropriately licensed medical professional.

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