I don’t have a lot of money but do have a lot of tetracycline stains. Someone said that porcelain veneers are the best way to fix this. Are there dental schools that do this at a discount? If not, is there another solution that will work?
Yes, when porcelain veneers are done correctly, they are the ideal solution for tetracycline stains. However, I wouldn’t go bargain hunting for them. You will not like the results. Under the best of circumstances, this cosmetic procedure is very advanced. Tetracycline stains are one of the most difficult cases around and would require one of the best cosmetic dentists.
I’d also ask them what type of experience they have with tetracycline stains and ask to see some before and after pictures. You don’t want someone to practice or gain experience on you with this procedure.
Can Teeth Whitening Fix Tetracycline Stains?
If you can’t afford porcelain veneers, teeth whitening can do some good if you are persistent enough. You would need to use take-home whitening, with custom-fitted trays. Wear them for as long as you can each day, without sensitivity, and you would likely need to use them for several months.
This can lighten up your teeth quite a bit. It won’t be as stunning as porcelain veneers done well, but you will be much happier with your smile.
I recommend seeing a dentist who offers KöR Whitening Thus far, it is the most effective method of teeth whitening on tetracycline stains.
If you do decide you want to try porcelain veneers at a discount anyway, make certain they agree to not permanently bond them on until you are completely satisfied with them. They can place them on with a temporary try-in paste and let you get a good look at them in several different types of lighting. If you’re not thrilled, then they should be back to the lab and try again.
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