If a person has darkened teeth from taking antibiotics as a child, is there anything he or she can do to make them look white again?
There are certain antibiotic medications which, if consumed over a period of time during childhood, may lead to darkened or discolored teeth. Most people with such conditions tend to become very self-conscious when they are among other people and try to hide their smile or laughter.

However, an experienced cosmetic dentist can offer effective solutions for such cases. Teeth Whitening is the most popular solution that many patients opt for. It is a non-invasive way to achieve a whiter shade of teeth and improve the appearance of the stains and marks. There are also in-office teeth whitening procedures available where the dentist treats the teeth in one or two visits. A strong concentration of the bleaching agent is used in an in-office procedure to achieve effective results.

However, in many cases, the condition of teeth may not improve significantly with teeth whitening, if the problem has occurred due to use of medications. In such a situation, there is another highly effective alternative available in the form of dental veneers. High quality porcelain veneers can completely hide the dark shade or discoloration of the teeth, and replace it with natural looking white teeth.

Veneers represent a minimally invasive solution that requires minor tooth preparation on the front surface. Once the teeth are prepared, customized veneers are bonded on the front surface. It helps to enhance the shape of the teeth, and completely hides the original dark color of the teeth. Veneers can last for many years, and do not require any special maintenance either. That makes it a superior alternative to teeth whitening in cases where the discoloration or stains are very stubborn.

In exceptional cases, the patient may also choose porcelain crowns to hide the discoloration if the teeth are also chipped or worn out to an extent where the dental veneers may not be of much help.
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