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Update: May 21, 2024 | Author: Dr. Ronald Pham | Publish: May 9, 2024

How to darken dental crowns

At Restoration Dental OC, we understand how important the color of your crowns is. It makes a huge difference in your smile.

How to change color of dental crown

Dr. Ronald Pham and our team have helped countless patients achieve beautiful smiles by matching dental crowns to their natural teeth colors. This blog will explain why and the best ways to achieve the perfect shade.

Understanding Why Darkening Dental Crowns Are Needed

Mismatched Color

Patients often desire a seamless match between their crowns and natural dentition. A perfect game enhances confidence and creates a beautiful smile. Even subtle color variations can be quickly addressed.

Understanding Why Darkening Dental Crowns Are Needed

Initial Color Too Light

At first, a crown’s shade may seem ideal. However, it looks too bright in other lighting. Or if your tastes change. Some crown materials are more prone to discoloration than others.

If you’re unhappy with the color, discuss options with your dentist. They may be able to adjust the shade or, in some cases, remake the crown with a different material.

Clear communication with your dentist is essential. Please tell them your desired shade. Also, tell them about any concerns you have about discoloration. This will help you get the best outcome.

Crown Discoloration

Designers create crowns to resist stains. However, individual factors like diet and habits (like smoking) can cause slight discoloration.

Crown Discoloration

Certain medications can also do this. Patients may choose to restore their crown’s original shine. They can also opt for a darker shade for a harmonious look.

How Do You Choose The Right Crown Shade?

Matching Your Natural Teeth

Restoration Dental OC’s primary goal is to ensure that your dental crown matches your natural dentition. Dr. Ronald Pham, DDS, uses a shade guide. It has small, tooth-like samples with varying shades.

Dental Crowns matching your natural teeth

He uses it to find the closest match to your surrounding teeth. To ensure accuracy, we carry out this process under controlled lighting.

A Subtle Lighter Shade for a Brighter Look

The main goal is a natural look. But, sometimes, people might change the shade to make it lighter. This depends on your preferences and dental situation. It could offer a brighter smile.

Dental crowns a subtle lighter shade

Considering Skin Tone and Face

You can consider skin tone when choosing a crown color for a harmonious look. Dr. Ronald Pham, DDS, focuses on picking a color that complements your natural teeth and face. This gives the most pleasing result.

Dentist considering skin tone and face shape

Your Input Matters

Your input is essential! Do you have a specific color in mind? Share it with Dr. Ronald Pham, DDS, during your consultation. We will work together to find the perfect match for a natural-looking result.

Methods for Darkening Dental Crowns

Restoration Dental OC provides cosmetic dentistry services. Our specialist dentist is Dr. Ronald Pham, D.D.S.

He will use special stains or glazes on your crown. These adjustments will help alter the shade of your crown to match your natural teeth.

We strive to achieve your desired look. The process may involve many appointments, depending on the needed adjustments.

The change may be subtle or more noticeable. It depends on the crown material and how much the color changes.

In some cases, we recommend replacing the new crown for optimal results. This allows for a fresh start and ensures a beautiful, blended crown.

Diy Options at Home

Always ask a dentist about darkening your crowns. It gives the most predictable and excellent results. They have access to professional techniques that are safe and effective.

  • DIY options like tea or coffee rinses can seem tempting. Also, consuming dark-colored foods and drinks may. But, their effects on dental crowns are minor and temporary at best.
  • Moreover, these methods could damage the crown’s surface or finish. They have expertise and professional tools. Your dentist is the best for achieving the goal.

Essential Considerations

The material of your dental crown affects how well it stains or glows. This depends on the type of material, such as porcelain or zirconia. Dr. Ronald Pham, DDS, at Restoration Dental OC, will tell you the best option based on your crown’s material.

Staining and glazing are only sometimes permanent. So, it’s essential to understand this. You may need to repeat these treatments as the effects fade.

If staining is the issue, we will work with you to fix the causes. These include pigmented foods and drinks and smoking. Fixing them will stop future discoloration. It will keep your dental crown color looking good.

Preventing Further Mismatch

Good oral hygiene is critical. It ensures that your dental crown remains matched to your natural teeth.

Your Daily Routine:

  • Brush twice. Use a soft-bristled brush and fluoride toothpaste. Brush for two minutes each time. Remember to brush your crowned tooth!
  • Floss daily. Focus on where your teeth touch your gums. This prevents buildup and keeps your oral health good.
  • Swish with mouthwash. Choose an alcohol-free kind. It gives you fresh breath and extra protection against bacteria.

Smart Choices

  • Limit Staining Foods: Enjoy coffee, tea, berries, and so on in moderation for a brighter smile.
  • Rinse right away. After eating staining foods or drinks, a quick water rinse cuts contact time.
  • Sip with a straw: Protect your teeth and crown by using a straw when drinking staining drinks.

Lifestyle Habits Matter

  • Quit smoking. It’s better for your mouth. Quitting smoking is a great choice.
  • Manage Dry Mouth: Stay hydrated and ask Dr. Ronald Pham, DDS, for tips to keep your mouth comfortable.

Your Partner in Dental Health

Regular professional care at Restoration Dental OC is the best way to keep your crown’s color perfect.

  • Checkups and Cleanings: Visit us every six months as Dr. Pham recommends. At these visits, we perform deep cleanings and thorough examinations.
  • We catch problems early. Treating cavities or gum issues protects your crown and your entire smile!

Frequently Asked Questions

How Long Do Dental Crowns Last?

With proper dental care for the last 5 to 15 years or even longer. Regular checkups with appropriate care and maintenance at Restoration Dental OC will help ensure the longevity of your dental crown.

Does Smoking Cause The Crowns to Darken?

Dental crowns are strong and durable. However, smoking can affect the aesthetics of your smile.

Nicotine and tar in cigarette smoke leave a stubborn residue. It accumulates in both natural dentition and on dental crowns.

Over time, this residue causes discoloration. It turns a once bright smile yellow. To keep your crowns’ right shade, smoke less or quit. It helps improve your teeth and gums’ overall appearance and health.

Know the Signs of Damaged Teeth?

Damaged teeth can cause discomfort. Watch for pain, sensitivity, chips, cracks, or unusual colors. See the dentist if you notice any of these. He will assess your teeth and recommend the best solution for a healthy mouth.

Keep Your Dental Crowns Bright?

Maintain the brilliance of your crown! Brush twice daily, floss, and use mouthwash. Enjoy your favorite foods and drinks in moderation, and should avoid smoking.

Why a Crown Might Look Darker and How to Brighten It?

Several factors could be at play if your crown appears darker than your natural teeth. The material of the crown can cause discoloration. Its age can, too. Additionally, habits like smoking and drinking coffee can stain the crown.

If you worry about your crown’s looks, consult a dentist. For example, Dr. Ronald Pham, DDS. They can assess the cause of the darkening and recommend appropriate solutions.

The solutions depend on the situation. They could be a cleaning to remove stains. Or, they could be whitening to fix nearby teeth. In rare cases, they replace the crown to restore your smile’s brightness.

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Dr. Ronald Pham

Dr. Ronald Pham, DDS, is a Doctor of Dental Surgery who graduated from the USC Ostrow School of Dentistry in 2015. With over 8 years of experience in general dentistry, he specializes in Dental restoration, Root canal treatment, and Dental implants…

Dr. Pham has restored the smiles of +2,000 patients and is committed to providing professional dental care focused on patient comfort. He achieves this by combining a welcoming space and state-of-the-art dental technology.

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