Tetracycline is an antibiotic medication commonly used to treat bacterial infections in your body. For many decades, they were prescribed to pregnant women or young children whose teeth had not fully developed. One unintended side effect of tetracycline when prescribed to pregnant women or young children is severe tooth discoloration in the child. During the 1980s, this side effect was discovered and as a result, tetracycline is rarely prescribed to pregnant women or young children anymore.
Tetracycline tooth stains can come in a wide range of colors. At first, the staining is generally a yellow color. However, as your teeth are exposed to light, a chemical reaction gradually transforms this yellowish stain to a dark brown color. Often, this results in brown front teeth (where light exposure was greatest) and yellow back teeth (where light exposure was less extensive).
Unfortunately, tetracycline stains are generally resistant to many professional tooth whitening systems. In order to restore a bright white smile, Dr. Kevin Sands often recommends porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers are thin shells made of dental porcelain which get bonded to the front surface of your teeth to cover the dark tetracycline stains that currently impact your smile.
If you would like to improve the appearance of tetracycline-stained teeth, ask Dr. Sands if porcelain veneers are the right option for you.
Please contact Kevin Sands today to schedule your porcelain veneers consultation. Dr. Sands serves patients in Beverly Hills and Los Angeles, California.