Can Tetracycline Stained Teeth be Whitened?
Dr. Sam Muslin answers: The answer is a conditional yes.
If the tetracycline stain is not too dark and if the patient has tooth enamel that is of normal thickness, teeth bleaching can whitened tetracycline stained teeth. Bleaching tetracycline stained teeth requires a longer period of time and should be done in a dental office using custom trays. Custom trays allow the teeth bleaching solution to soak the entire tooth surface.
The process should take about two or three months with a weaker solution. When the entire tooth is whitened, the results are better but again the solution needs to be non-acidic or neutral. The problem with teeth bleaching is that the more powerful teeth whitening solutions can actually dissolve or harm the enamel. Too many patients are actually damaging their teeth with the drug store solutions because they are not being controlled to the individual patient’s needs.
Yes, going to your dentist for teeth bleaching may seem more expensive but over a lifetime it can save the patient a lot of money. We monitor our patients every week for a quick visit when possible, or we work with patients from all over the country using e-mail feed back and then get our recommendations. However, with that said, non-invasive porcelain veneers are my first choice.
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