Teeth whitening is a popular cosmetic treatment that can lighten stains and give you a more youthful-looking smile. It typically uses peroxide, which enters the natural tooth structure to break up the stains deep inside the dentin and enamel of the tooth. This leaves the tooth itself unchanged but eliminates the stains and discolorations for a whiter, brighter smile.
Dental implants do not affect your candidacy for teeth whitening. The implant is beneath the surface of your gums and replaces the root of the lost tooth. Once they integrate with the jawbone, they are typically restored with crowns, bridges, or dentures. If your teeth are particularly stained, you might want to replace the crowns, as well, since these are typically made to match your natural teeth. Otherwise, you might end up with a multi-colored smile. Replacing the crowns ensures that you will have a beautifully even, matching smile.
Keeping your smile white only requires good dental hygiene and periodic whitening touch-ups. You might also need to avoid certain staining habits, such as tobacco use or excessive wine intake. Contact our office today to learn more or to schedule an appointment with our teeth whitening doctor in Los Angeles.