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Does Teeth Whitening Work on Dental Implants?

March 24, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — kleinfamilydentalteam @ 12:01 am

Woman covering her mouthNatural teeth change color over the years from age, diet, and lifestyle factors. However, you may not have expected your dental implants to lose their luster because they are made from stain-resistant materials. While professional whitening treatments can get your teeth many shades brighter, they won’t have any effect on your dental implants. Don’t worry, your dentist has the solutions you need to revamp your pearly whites.

Why Doesn’t Teeth Whitening Work on Dental Implants?

Whitening agents won’t have any effect on dental implants because they aren’t porous, like your enamel. If you use whitening products with dental implants, your natural teeth will get whiter, but the color of your restorations won’t change. This can cause your dental implants to stick out like a sore thumb. Not to mention, the ingredients in whitening solutions may damage your restorations. 

Why Do Dental Implants Discolor?

Dental implants have a glossy finish that protects them and creates a beautiful shine. Many factors can cause them to look dull or discolored, like brushing too hard or using abrasive dental products. You can scratch the protective coating, which can tarnish their appearance. 

Your implant dentist recommends using a soft-bristled toothbrush and nonabrasive toothpaste because they won’t damage their finish, but don’t push too hard when brushing. An electric toothbrush with a pressure sensor can alert you when you’re pushing too hard.

Poor oral hygiene habits can also make your dental implants look discolored and can increase your risk of failure. Plaque and tartar can make your smile look dirty and aged. The buildup also harbors bacteria that can cause peri-implantitis, a leading cause of dental implant failure.

Good oral hygiene habits will keep your mouth clean to prevent buildup and infections. Besides brushing at least twice daily and flossing nightly, visit your dentist every 6 months for a cleaning and checkup.

Smoking can also discolor your dental implants over time and significantly raise your risk of failure. It’s best to stop smoking to keep your smile beautiful and healthy.

Options to Restore a White Smile

You don’t have to be embarrassed by stains or discoloration. Your dentist can turn back the clock and restore seamless results, like replacing your restorations. They may recommend having your natural teeth whitened to achieve the brightest results.

Dental implants are a lifelong investment. With the right care at home and from your dentist, your implants will stay bright and beautiful for decades.

About Dr. Gary M. Klein

Dr. Klein earned his dental degree from the NYU College of Dentistry and has continued his education in many specialties, like general dentistry and cosmetic dentistry. He has been named a top dentist by Incisal Edge Magazine and Harrisburg Magazine. Request an appointment through our website or call (717) 974-3487.

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