Q: Do teeth whiteners damage existing dental restorations?
A: No, whiteners do not hurt existing restorations. They do not whiten restorations, but they do not cause any damage to natural teeth or restorations. In fact, current generations of whiteners are even more gentle on natural teeth than they had been in the past. Many people who had sensitivity with whitening agents years ago are now able to whiten with no problems at all. If you have visible restorations, you may need to consider the possibility of replacing them to match your new, whiter smile. As you can not accurately predict how many shades your teeth will lighten, it is better to whiten prior to placing new restorations. Then, a beautiful match can be achieved.
Ellen McOmie, DMD
McOmie Family Dentistry
5999 Shallowford Rd.
Chattanooga, TN 37421