Although the antibiotic tetracycline is effective in treating a number of health problems, it has the unfortunate side-effect of discoloring your teeth.

Over time, tetracycline leads to the development of increasingly dark yellow or brown bands on your teeth. If tetracycline staining is minimal, a professional teeth whitening treatment may help reduce discoloration.

However, because many patients were prescribed tetracycline for childhood ailments, the related stains are often internal and formed while the teeth were still in development or in the process of erupting. The deeper stains, which exist below the surface enamel, require a different treatment option.

Fairfax, Virginia, cosmetic dentist Dr. Pamela Marzban has extensive experience helping patients achieve a vibrant, healthy looking smile through various procedures including:

For patients with subsurface tetracycline discoloration, porcelain veneers or tooth bonding are typically the best choices. Both are placed over the surfaces of your teeth and leave you with a bright, natural-looking smile while preserving the functionality of your bite.

Because no single treatment option is right for every patient, it’s important to schedule a personal consultation to determine the right treatment for you.

If you would like to learn more about your teeth whitening choices, please contact Fairfax, Virginia, cosmetic dentist Dr. Pamela Marzban. We welcome patients from the Burke, Fairfax and Fairfax Station, Virginia, and Washington DC areas.