Porcelain is naturally stain resistant, but in some situations, it can become discolored or stained. This is most likely to occur when the tooth’s margin becomes stained, or when the porcelain becomes roughened over the years and absorbs stains. Many factors can contribute to staining, so prevention is your best remedy. Our Huntington Beach cosmetic dentist can help you keep your crowns looking bright and new for longer.
1. Good dental hygiene
Use a soft-bristled brush and non-abrasive fluoride toothpaste to brush your teeth twice a day to remove day-to-day buildup without damaging your crowns, and floss daily to clean between your teeth. Schedule regular professional cleanings to buff away superficial stains and clean those hard-to-reach areas.
2. Whitening treatments
Porcelain does not respond to whitening treatments, but teeth whitening products can be a great way to keep your natural teeth white, including those marginal areas that can be vulnerable to darkening. It can also help keep your natural teeth the same color as your crowns, since teeth can darken over time. Talk to your dentist before beginning any new whitening program.
3. Good habits
Some of your habits can increase the risk of staining. Drinking wine and using tobacco are among the biggest staining culprits, but sodas, coffee, tea, curries, and similar foods and drinks can also be to blame. Limit how often you indulge in them, and rinse your mouth with water as soon as possible after eating or drinking.
Call us today to learn more or to schedule an appointment with our expert in porcelain crowns in Huntington Beach.