I have had genetically missing lateral incisors. So, I have had two fake teeth adhered to a retainer for years. I am working on saving up for dental implants this next year.
My smile is pretty discolored and yellow. So, I am interested in whitening my teeth. But, I wasn’t sure if fake teeth whiten?
-Paul in Louisiana
Thank you for the question. Unfortunately, fake teeth will not respond to teeth bleaching treatments. This includes all types of restorations like porcelain veneers, crowns or composite bonding, as well as the prosthetic teeth that are attached to your retainer.
The bleaching agents in teeth whitening are only effective on natural, living tooth material. You also mentioned getting dental implants done. Once the implants are done, you won’t be able to whiten them either.
So, it would be a good idea to have your natural teeth whitened prior to the permanent restorations being placed on the dental implants. After the implants have surgically been implanted into your jawbone, and about one month before the crowns are placed is ideal to have them whitened. Then, your natural teeth will be the color your desire. And the crowns can be made to match your natural teeth perfectly.
If you don’t want to wait until it’s time to get the dental implants done, you can whiten your teeth now. Then, you will just need to get the retainer done to match the newly whitened teeth. It may end up being a few hundred dollars to replace your retainer. But, if it is affecting the way you feel about yourself, it may be a good temporary solution until your dental implants are placed.
If you decide to have your teeth whitened now, be sure to have them touched up one month before the final crowns are placed on the dental implant posts.
Thank you for your question.
This post is sponsored by Barrington cosmetic dentist James T. Gavrilos, DDS.