Can Tetracycline Stains be Whitened?


Tetracyclines are a group of antibiotics that have been in use in the United States since the 1940s. Some of the antibiotics in this group can cause discoloration of tooth enamel, producing a mottled or ribboned look that may, in some cases, seriously impact the appearance of the smile. Unlike surface stains, those caused by tetracycline do not respond well to topical teeth whitening solutions.

Tetracycline stains cannot be bleached away. They can, however, be covered through advanced cosmetic dentistry services such as porcelain veneers and dental bonding. These solutions cover the surface of stained teeth, restoring a consistently white appearance even when staining is underneath the surface. They are often used in combination with topical tooth whitening to ensure adjacent teeth are brightened as well – helping produce a beautifully attractive smile. During your cosmetic dentistry consultation at our Indianapolis office, Dr. Phelps will carefully assess your smile and discuss all options that may be beneficial for its perfection.

 While stains caused by antibiotics and excessive fluoride in water (fluorosis) cannot be whitened with most topical solutions, some newer teeth whitening options have shown promise in lightening deep stains that are less pronounced. Experienced cosmetic dentist Dr. John R. Phelps takes time to personalize the services offered to every patient. The best way to learn which option will be of most benefit to you is through a one-on-one consultation at our Indianapolis office. To schedule yours, please contact us online or by calling 317-793-6133. We welcome patients from Lawrence, Plainfield, Franklin, and all surrounding areas of Indiana.  

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