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help! how do i get teeth whitening with fillings?

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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 40 years experience
Same as without: Teeth whitening procedures are the same whether or not you have fillings. After your teeth are whitened, you may want to change some of the fillings that are visible since the whitening process will not change the color of the fillings.
Dr. Rod Zimmerman
Dentistry 37 years experience
Replace: After whitening your teeth, old composite fillings are replaced to match the whiter shade of your teeth.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 53 years experience
Not complex: Have your teeth professionally whitened by your Dentist for best results. Then have any preexisting fillings that were done to color-match your pre-whitening tooth color replaced in a shade to match your bleached color. Your Dentist will help you stage this.

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Can fillings be whitened like teeth? I want to have my teeth whitened, but have a few porcelain fillings from years ago that i'm afraid would remain darker and look strange. So, will any of the whitening methods also whiten porcelain fillings?

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Dr. Jonathan Scharf
Cosmetic Dentistry 49 years experience
In : In general tooth colored fillings will not whiten. Interestingly enough I have seen surface stain come out of these fillings due to the whitening process but this can be unpredictable. I would only move forward if you are willing to replace any fillings that don't whiten to your satifaction or are willing to live with the difference.
A 29-year-old female asked:

Is it true that when whitening teeth, dental fillings do not get whiter?

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Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry 54 years experience
True with...: True whitening methods actually whiten teeth but not fillings and crowns. Much of what you hear and see in the media is marketing. They advertise "whiten your teeth and crowns" in just 5 minutes, upteen shades lighter. Most of the products only remove stains, so they do lighten your teeth but only by removing surface stains. True whitening methods actually whiten the tooth structure itself.
Cartersville, GA
A 22-year-old female asked:

Is it possible to whiten composites on my teeth? I want my teeth whiter but i also have composite fillings. I was concerned they can't whiten.

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Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry 54 years experience
Concern is correct: Most of the public has been confused and misled by the media and advertising. There is a major difference between surface whitening and internal tooth whitening. Your composites can be 'whitened' by removing surface stain with abrasive toothpastes and a cleaning at your dentist. True whitening methods will not whiten them. Only natural tooth enamel will whiten.
A 40-year-old member asked:

Do dentists always do teeth whitening when doing fillings?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry 54 years experience
No: Only when patients request it and it would be appropriate.
A 36-year-old member asked:

I've got fillings in my front teeth , what happened if I use teeth whitening?

6 doctor answers16 doctors weighed in
Dr. Gabriel Malouf
Specializes in Dentistry
Nothing...: Fillings don't whiten; teeth do. If you whiten, the tooth part changes and the filling part doesn't.

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