February 14, 2018
It is natural for your teeth to become discolored over the years due to aging, darkly pigmented and acidic foods, poor oral hygiene, and bad lifestyle choices, like smoking. However, sometimes the darkening of your enamel can be due to antibiotics given when you were younger. While the medications are helpful for treating an array of alignments, they can also lead to tetracycline stains. This develops on the permanent teeth while they are still developing under the gum line and can be extremely difficult to remove. You can combat their appearance with a professional whitening treatment from your cosmetic dentist in Coral Gables.
Treating Tetracycline Staining
While the teeth are still developing, antibiotics can become calcified in the tooth, resulting in staining. Often, children are the most susceptible as the teeth develop before they are even born, which is why it is advised pregnant women avoid certain antibiotics whenever possible.
Unlike discoloration that is caused by foods, aging, and other common factors, theses stains are often gray or brown in color. In some cases, they can cover the entire tooth while other times it may produce a patterned striped appearance.
They can be very difficult to remove because they extend beyond just the surface of the teeth. Instead, they are embedded in the enamel and inner layers. While they are harmless, they can lead to confidence issues as they can be very noticeable.
Get a Brighter Smile Today
To brighten your smile, over-the-counter whitening products are ineffective against stains caused by medications. The only way to improve their appearance is with professional teeth whitening in Coral Gables from your cosmetic dentist.
The KoR whitening system has shown to be effective in reducing the visibility of tetracycline stains. After an initial consultation with your dentist in Coral Gables, a customized treatment plan is created. During the first appointment, impressions of the upper and lower teeth are taken to make innovative and custom-fit trays.
You will then be provided with the professional-grade whitening agent and trays to use at home around your own schedule. Following your dentist’s recommendations for daily use, you will start to see the stains subside. However, you will need to return to the dental office for a final bleaching treatment.
Your teeth will become several shades whiter with results that last with the right aftercare, like maintaining your oral hygiene routine and regular care from your dentist.
Restore a Confident Smile
If tetracycline stains are dulling your smile and your confidence, your cosmetic dentist can help.
About Dr. Jose A. Bushdid
Dr. Jose A. Bushdid received his Doctorate of Dental Medicine from the Florida College of Dentistry. After completing a one-year residency, he became a clinical instructor at the UFCD for several years, specializing in cosmetic and neuromuscular dentistry. Due to his exceptional training and qualifications, he offers advanced dental services, including cosmetic procedures, like teeth whitening. If you are living with dark stains from medications, Dr. Bushdid can help restore a bright, white smile. Contact Bushdid Smiles to schedule a consultation.
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