I need to get a dental crown on a front tooth. I know the color will be permanent so I want to retouch up my teeth whitening before settling on the color of the crown. Do you have any tips about how to go about this? Specifically, I am looking at how long I should whiten every day and for how many days.
I’m glad you wrote. I am curious though if your dentist was unable to advise you of this. The reason I ask is because placing a dental crown on a front tooth is much trickier than other dental crowns. It takes some expertise in cosmetic dentistry to do a crown properly on a front tooth. If he wasn’t able to answer the questions about teeth whitening, which does not require expertise, I am going to advise you to find a different dentist at least for the crown.
If it turns out that you do need to switch dentists in order to get a beautiful porcelain crown to match your other front teeth, I recommend you see someone who is recommended on the mynewsmile.com website. These dentists have all been prescreened and are among the top cosmetic dentists in the country.
Touching Up Teeth Whitening
In practice, it is up to you how long each day you leave on your teeth whitening trays. The longer you can leave them on each day, the faster they will whiten. But, if your teeth are sensitive and you can only do them a little bit each day, that is okay too. You will just have to do more days. The fastest would be to sleep in the trays if you can.
While there is no cut and dried rule for how many hours per day or days in general to whiten, there is a standard for how long to wait between the time you stop whitening and you go in for your dental crown. I would recommend giving it one week for the color to settle on your teeth before having the dentist create your dental crown.
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