Tetracycline Staining

Antibiotic staining such as tetracycline takes place during the development of the teeth and is generally seen as dark yellow, brown or even grey banding over similar areas of teeth.

The stain can be removed or hidden two different ways.

1. Teeth whitening. Whitening works by applying a gel containing peroxide bleach onto the enamel of the teeth. This is a very effective and conservative means of treating tetracycline staining although results will vary depending on the severity of staining and the thickness of enamel. Whitening can be done at home or in the office. The advantage of in office bleaching is that it allows us to use a much higher concentration of the bleach in a very controlled and safe environment. In office bleaching in conjunction with at home bleaching for 4-20 weeks will usually give very desirable results.

2. Porcelain veneers. Lumineers by Cerinate is a porcelain veneer that can be made as thin as a contact lens and is placed over existing teeth.