I have tetracycline stained teeth that have always embarrassed me. I saved up for three years to get them whitened. Then when I spoke with my dentist about it he told me that it wouldn’t work on my teeth because tetracycline stains won’t whiten. I left in tears. He said the only way to get perfectly white teeth was to pull mine and get fake teeth. I don’t want to do that. Is there any option somewhere between whitening and pulling?
Rosita U. – Memphis, TM
Do not, under any circumstances, have all your teeth extracted in order to have a whiter smile! I am absolutely appalled your dentist would even suggest such a thing. Not only is that massively expensive for you (and I suspect why he suggested it), but it is bad for you. Did he warn you about facial collapse? Did he mention all your tooth replacement options?
This is the worst piece of dental advise I have seen in quite sometime. It is also dishonest. Tetracycline stains are much harder to whiten than other types of stains, but it isn’t impossible. There is a special kind of deep teeth bleaching that helps with tetracycline stains. You can click on this link for teeth whitening to learn about how it works.
I don’t often say this, but you need to find a different dentist. The treatment option he is recommending is absolutely ridiculous. If you take out your teeth for this, you will need to replace them. The best replacement for your teeth are dental implants. You would be talking thousands of dollars. It is also a complicated procedure that has many things which could go wrong, including serious infections. I’ll be honest with you, if your dentist isn’t competent enough to know about options in a simple procedure like teeth whitening, he certainly wouldn’t be competent enough to to do implants.
If he chose to replace your teeth with dentures instead of implants then you’re faced with losing your jawbone to reabsorption. Eventually you will become a denture cripple and will have no way of chewing your food.
Your case has been a great illustration of not just taking your dentist’s word as gospel. Ask questions, do research, get second opinions. Knowledge is empowering.
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