Porcelain crowns are shaped and shaded to fit seamlessly into your smile. These tooth-colored restorations can be used to protect teeth that have been weakened through decay or trauma, or as a replacement for teeth that are missing entirely.
Glendale cosmetic dentist Dr. Donald Wilcox works with trusted dental restoration laboratories to create resilient and attractive crowns that can continue to produce pleasing results for a number of years. But once porcelain crowns are stained, topical whiteners will not be effective in brightening them.
Porcelain is both exceptionally strong and remarkably stain-resistant, making it an ideal material for dental crowns. However, while resistant to staining, porcelain cannot be whitened with topical bleaches once stains have set. Unattractive or stained crowns can only be improved through replacement – and caring for your restorations remains the most effective way to prevent having to replace them.
You can prevent, or at the least delay, staining of your porcelain crowns by taking time to brush after every meal and snack. Be sure to use a soft-bristled toothbrush and to avoid toothpaste with abrasive ingredients. Harder bristles and abrasives will scratch porcelain crowns, allowing stains to progress quickly.
Flossing morning and night will help prevent stains from developing on the sides of your porcelain crowns – and visiting our office twice yearly will allow us to remove harder to polish stains before they are fully set. During these routine visits with Dr. Wilcox, we will carefully examine all of your restorations to help ensure their lasting cosmetic and functional benefit. When needed during these visits, Dr. Wilcox will discuss replacement of those restorations that have become damaged or severally discolored as well.
If you have questions about porcelain crowns or any other cosmetic restoration, please contact Desert Smiles to schedule an appointment. Located in Glendale, our cosmetic dentist welcomes patients from Scottsdale, Phoenix, Peoria, and all nearby Arizona communities.