Veneers for Tetracycline Stain

Tetracycline strains are caused by ingestion of an antibiotic tetracycline that is prescribed to treat bacterial infections. The degree of gray staining caused by tetracycline depends on how long the antibiotic was administered and also the age when it was used. Tetracycline staining is related to tooth mineralization. Tooth mineralization is an ongoing process of losing and gaining minerals from the oral environment. This process of demineralization and remineralization is more active during the formative years of teeth (especially before 8 years of age). When tetracycline is consumed, especially during young formative years, the tetracycline tends to bind to calcium ions in the teeth when they are forming. When teeth erupt, the stains appear brown or gray.

Tetracycline Stains Solutions


Whitening products and procedures whether custom take-home whitening trays and gel or our in-office high-strength whitening only work on enamel. Whitening does not help with interior layers of teeth like dentin. Since dentin (the inner layer of the tooth) is the layer of the tooth that is affected by tetracycline consumption; whitening is not effective in cases of discoloration with tetracycline stains.

How can you treat Tetracycline Stains? Tetracycline stains can be covered by using a thin shell of porcelain veneers or bonding over teeth. Porcelain veneers are a long-term solution and are color-stable. Bondings are a short-term solution as they tend to stain over time and chipping. Along with covering discoloration because of tetracycline stains, porcelain veneers can also help perfect any minor chips and imperfections giving you a beautiful smile.

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