Dental implants are made of porcelain, which is stain-resistant, but it’s normal for your natural teeth to change color over time. Teeth whitening is an effective solution to combat tooth discoloration, but you shouldn’t use it if you have dental implants. Here’s why you should turn to a professional to restore a vibrant smile.
Dental Implants Won’t Change Color
Dental implants may look like your natural teeth, but they are different because they aren’t porous. As a result, whitening ingredients cannot penetrate the porcelain, so they won’t have any effect on their color. If you use whitening systems, including those available over-the-counter, your natural teeth will get brighter while your dental implants will stay the same. This can cause them to stick out like a sore thumb.
While dental implants are stain-resistant, they can look discolored if they are damaged. Abrasive dental products can scratch their surfaces, causing them to lose their luster. Many OTC whitening products are abrasive, which can cause your dental implants to lose their shine. Food particles and plaque can get trapped in the small crevices, worsening discoloration. Whitening products won’t fix the damage or restore their appearance.
Options for a Brighter Smile
If you’re embarrassed by stains or discoloration, you can still invest in a bright smile, even if you have dental implants. It’s best to whiten your teeth before having your restorations placed to ensure consistent results. However, if your dental implants are already in place, you can still benefit from a whitening treatment.
Your dentist can remove your restorations to whiten your teeth. After you’ve reached your desired results, your dentist can replace your restorations with those shaded to match the new color of your teeth.
You can avoid tooth discoloration by committing to your oral hygiene using non-abrasive dental products, like a soft-bristled toothbrush. Limit your consumption of anything that can stain your natural teeth, including coffee, dark berries, and red wine. If you can’t resist an espresso, rinse your mouth with water after you finish. Do not smoke to prevent tar and nicotine stains.
Besides caring for your smile at home, visit your dentist every 6 months for a cleaning and checkup. By giving your smile the attention it deserves, you’ll ensure your pearly whites stay their brightest.
About Dr. Carlisle Vason
Dr. Vason earned his dental degree from the Dental College of Georgia and has regularly pursued his education in many specialties, like general dentistry, dental implant placement, sedation, and periodontal surgeries. Dr. Vason is a proud member of several professional organizations, including the International Congress of Oral Implantologists. Request an appointment online or call (404) 977-4459.