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How Can I Treat Tetracycline Stains On My Teeth?

Tooth stains are a common dental concern that can be caused by numerous factors, including coffee, berries, tobacco, and certain medications. One medication that has been known to discolor and weaken teeth is tetracycline, an antibiotic often used to manage bacterial infections. Tetracycline can lead to yellow, brown, or gray stains, and discoloration is primarily evident in children.

Thankfully, there are multiple treatments that have been shown to correct tetracycline staining, such as:

  • Porcelain veneers – For severe tooth stains, porcelain veneers can be an effective treatment. The cosmetic dental solution can address a variety of concerns, including discoloration, chips, and misalignments. Veneers are constructed from thin and durable shells that are adhered to the front of the affected tooth to hide visible tetracycline stains. The material and color can resemble the adjacent teeth for a natural-looking smile.
  • Lumineers® Also known as prepless veneers, Lumineers® are a minimally-invasive treatment that can help conceal stains. Like porcelain veneers, Lumineers® are crafted from thin shells that are bonded to the tooth. With prepless veneers, less tooth enamel is typically removed and treatment may be more cost effective. On the other hand, porcelain veneers tend to be longer-lasting and may be preferred if tetracycline stains are more prominent.
  • Teeth whitening – Professional teeth whitening is a common treatment option for many patients looking to correct tooth discoloration. Teeth whitening is designed to remove surface and deep stains with convenient in-office and at-home options. Our practice offers four teeth whitening techniques and treatments: Zoom!® In-Office Teeth Whitening, Zoom!® Take-Home Teeth Whitening, Ultradent Opalescence GO™, and Take-Home KöR® Teeth Whitening.
  • Cosmetic bonding – Another method of addressing tetracycline stains is with cosmetic dental bonding. The treatment utilizes tooth-colored resin to cover discoloration on the tooth’s surface. The resin can be molded and polished to appear like a natural tooth, and the procedure can typically be completed in one visit.

At Greenwich Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, Dr. George Tsangaroulis and his team are committed to providing patients with the smile of their dreams. Dr. Tsangaroulis understands how cosmetic concerns, like tetracycline stains, can affect a patient’s confidence and prides himself on offering a variety of treatments. For more information on procedures that can address tooth discoloration, contact our office today to schedule a consultation.