I have old fillings on my front teeth. Should I treat or bleach them first?

I have old fillings on my front teeth. Should I treat or bleach them first?

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Answer 1
March, 2021

Tooth enamel changes color, but modern filling material does not. Therefore, the doctor can offer several options for solving the problem after lightening:

  • He will grind down high-quality and firmly standing fillings, and apply a composite of a suitable color on top;
  • Poorly standing fillings will be replaced with new ones of matching color.

It may be better not to whiten your teeth because you have weak enamel or dentin. Another problem is that after a while - six months, a year, the teeth will still darken due to coffee, smoking or coloring products. And the fillings will stand out again. In this case, the dentist will offer you veneers - thin aesthetic plates that cover your teeth from the front.

Only a doctor who will work with your teeth can choose the correct bleaching technique and subsequent actions with fillings.

Read more about whitening in our article.

Answer 2
March, 2021

Hello! The filling material cannot be bleached. If there is caries under the fillings, then it must be removed before bleaching. If there is no caries, then whitening is done first, and then new fillings are placed to match the color of your white teeth. But keep in mind that over time, the teeth may turn yellow again and the color of the filling will differ from the color of the teeth, and the whitening will need to be repeated.

Best regards, Dental Center "N-CLINIC" Tsvetnoy Boulevard 30, page 1

Answer 3
March, 2021

Good afternoon.

Seals are replaced not according to "age", but according to indications. If the boundaries between the tooth and the filling material are not violated (that is, the fillings are airtight), there is no need for retreatment of the teeth.

The filling material does not lend itself to the influence of whitening agents, therefore the fillings cannot be "whitened". But they can be polished - in this way the upper pigmented layer of the material is removed and the filling returns to its original color.

It's another matter if you want to lighten not only the fillings, but also the teeth. In this case, the seals will definitely have to be replaced. This is due to the fact that during bleaching the natural tooth tissues brighten, but the restoration material does not. And they start to contrast in color. Therefore, the dentist first performs the whitening procedure, then replaces the restorations. The color of new fillings is matched to the tone of the bleached teeth.

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