If you have a dental crown, you may not have given it much thought initially. But over the years, it may have become noticeable, appearing a different colour to the rest of your teeth. Why so? Crowns always remain the same shade, but our natural teeth darken a little over time. Let’s take a look at this topic and the types of whitening products available.
What types of teeth whitening products are available?
Most teeth whiteners fit into one of these categories:
- Polishes and pastes: These kinds of toothpaste and whitening products don’t usually change your enamel colour but scrub away minor stains, revealing a whiter smile.
- Over-the-counter whitening products: These over-the-counter products generally contain whitening agents like hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide, and come in whitening toothpastes, gels, trays, pens or strips. They bleach the enamel’s surface and may whiten teeth by a few shades over time.
- Professional whitening treatments: For dramatic whitening results, talk to your dentist about in-office and at-home professional whitening treatments. These professional solutions include more potent bleaching products. Plus, your dentist monitors the colour of your teeth during treatment, while you strive to achieve your desired shade. Your dentist can formulate your plan based on your specific needs, making this the safest way to whiten.