Your smile is your calling card—it’s the first thing people notice about you. When patients don’t feel confident about their smiles, they may become more resigned in social situations, and develop self-esteem issues. Our Jupiter dentists are here to work with you, and help you achieve the smile of your dream. For many patients, this means brightening and whitening a dull smile. Unfortunately for patients with tetracycline stained teeth conventional whitening treatments are not effective. There are cosmetic treatments, however, that can drastically improve, even transform the appearance of tetracycline stained teeth. What is tetracycline?
Tetracycline is an antibiotic used to treat bacterial infections. This antibiotic was used for patients of all ages until the 1980s. Although effective at treating bacterial infections, tetracycline had some unfortunate side effects.
How does tetracycline cause dental staining?
When tetracycline is used for small children, whose teeth are still developing, the antibiotic effects normal dental development. Rather than developing adult teeth that are white and shiny, tetracycline stained teeth are dark and dull. The dental staining is actually embedded, or calcified, into the teeth.
What can we do to improve the appearance of tetracycline stained teeth?
Tetracycline is no longer used for children, but there are still many adult patients who suffer from tetracycline stains from their childhoods. Although teeth bleaching treatments are largely ineffective (because these bleaching treatments are designed to whiten surface stains, not calcified stains), there are cosmetic treatments that can transform tetracycline stained teeth. Porcelain veneers completely resurface dental enamel, so any patient can achieve a white, sparkling smile.
Our cosmetic dentistry treatments in Jupiter can help you achieve a smile that you’re proud to show off. If you’ve been living with unsightly tetracycline stains, give us a call. We’ll walk you through your treatment options and help you choose a cosmetic treatment that works for you.