I’ve had tetracycline stains on my teeth since I was about 10 years old. I’m 47 now, and the stains are still there. I’m trying to figure out the best way to get rid of the stains without wasting money. I’ve tried five teeth whitening brands over the past two years, but none have helped. I have chips in three left front teeth, and my whitening attempts have made my smile look worse because the chips are more noticeable now. Do I need professional whitening, or do you recommend specific brands for me to try? Thank you. Caleb
A note for our readers – Intrinsic teeth stains develop when tetracycline antibiotics are consumed during childhood while teeth are forming. Other medications can cause teeth stains in children and adults.
Thank you for your question. Dr. LeSage would need to examine and x-ray your teeth before recommending treatment, but we will explain so many people do not achieve success with whitening attempts on tetracycline-stained teeth.
Which Teeth Whitening Brands Improve Tetracycline Stains?
Patients cannot purchase a brand of teeth whitening to improve tetracycline stains. Concealing tetracycline stains is among the most challenging cosmetic dentistry procedures, even for experienced dentists. Often, the color and depth of the stains—beyond the tooth enamel—prevent the bleaching gel from improving them. After examining your teeth, an advanced cosmetic dentist can determine whether teeth whitening, porcelain veneers, or a combination of treatments is best for your case.
How Can You Find a Dentist to Treat Tetracycline Stains?
You can find a dentist to treat tetracycline stains with these steps and precautions:
- Find a dentist with extensive post-graduate training in cosmetic dentistry, preferably an accredited dentist.
- Ask the dentist to show you their tetracycline cases’ before-and-after photos.
- Schedule consultations with at least skilled cosmetic dentists.
- Avoid shopping around for the lowest rates.
- Instead of asking dentists for a specific treatment or method, trust the artist behind the technique, their training, and their experience with tetracycline cases.
An experienced cosmetic dentist will consider multiple factors before recommending treatment, including:
- The location of the affected teeth
- The condition of the teeth
- Your overall oral health
- The extent of stains across your teeth
- The darkness of the stains
A skilled cosmetic dentist will explain all factors that affect treatment recommendations and give you the healthiest, most natural-looking smile makeover.
In Beverly Hills, Dr. Brian LeSage is an accredited Fellow of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and the American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry. Only three dentists in the world have achieved both credentials. Request a consultation with Dr. LeSage today.