I have tetracycline stains and I’d really like to improve my smile. Will teeth whitening help?
Tetracycline stains are among the most difficult type of procedures for a cosmetic dentist to work on. Generally, teeth whitening doesn’t help. Though, some dentists have gotten them whiter with the Kör Whitening System. It’s not completely white, but it does get better results than other teeth whitening systems.
A better option, if you’re looking for serious improvement is to have porcelain veneers done. The big problem is the expertise required. It takes very advanced color theory and placement to find the right balance between translucency for a natural, shiny look and opaquers to hide the stains.
You’ll need an expert cosmetic dentist. So how will you find one of these miracle workers?
Finding an Expert Cosmetic Dentist
The top dentists in the country are AACD accredited. That means they’ve taken extensive oral and written exams with the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. Additionally, they’ve had to show their artistic skills with a large number of cases.
Dentists who reach accreditation are in the top 2% of cosmetic dentists in the world. To find one, you go to aacd.com and use their “find a dentist” option. Make sure you check mark you are looking for an accredited dentist.
Porcelain veneers are much more expensive than teeth whitening. That can be an obstacle for many patients. If that is the situation you’re in, you can go ahead with the teeth whitening to improve the outlook of your teeth. If you are not satisfied, then you can save up for the veneers.
This blog is brought to you by Des Moines Dentist Dr. Phelan Thomas.