I am looking for a solution for my tetracycline stains. My sister and I both had them. She had hers fixed five years ago, but her dentist had to make them very opaque in order to cover the tetracycline stains. I was wondering if there have been some new developments that can make them more natural looking? Would I be better off with teeth whitening?
Porcelain Veneers for Tetracycline Stains
I’m glad you wrote. You may or may not want to tell your sister this but it was possible to get translucent, natural looking porcelain veneers even back when she had them done. How that could have been accomplished would be by using an expert, artistic cosmetic dentist. Doing porcelain veneers is hard on its own. When you add tetracycline stains, it becomes even more complicated. In fact, it is one of the most advanced cases using veneers. In this case, I would only use one of the top of the line dentists. My suggestion would be an AACD accredited dentist.
Teeth Whitening for Tetracycline Stains
While teeth whitening is a possible treatment, you would have to be very persistent and patient. It would take a long time. If you pursue this avenue here are some tips:
- Only use at-home professional teeth whitening trays. While Zoom Whitening is very effective, the number of sessions you would need to cover these stains would be cost-prohibitive. Using the trays allows you to do it long-term without breaking your budget.
- Wear the trays for as long as you can each day. Ideally, you would wear them overnight.
- The best time of at home whitening for this time of situation would be the KöR teeth whitening system.
Best of luck with whichever procedure you end up with!
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