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Tan coloring starting on a few teeth

  • Jafa
  • 4 months ago

I am a little over half way through the Invisalign and have been pleased.  However,  I have noticed that a few teeth on my upper right side have become very discolored.  It is the same teeth that have the attachment composite material welded on.  The attachments are on all four quadrants of my teeth but this area seems to be the only problem area.  When the dentist put the composite material on in this quadrant,  it was immediately a brown color while the rest seemed my tooth color.  I wondered why the composite wasn't the same color.  Is this etching/discoloration of the enamel caused by the acid solution they put on to make the composites stick?  Is this the composite material smoothed out over the tooth that has turned brown?  Can this be ground off when they grind off the composites?  Are these teeth dying?  Will I have to get veneers to fix this?

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Hi, Jafa! It looks like you may have wished to ask this question in the Doctors' forum. However, from my experience, this happened to me as well. It was a combination of the bonding material discoloring, but also just the trays causing my teeth to discolor rapidly, due to some chemical change in my mouth. The good news is, in my experience anyway, that color all buffs right off again when they remove the bonding material. I complained about it to my ortho and she used pumice to go around the attachments to get some of the excess bonding agent off. Once my treatment was completed, I had everything buffed off. At my follow-up dentist cleaning, she buffed everything off except the deepest crevices in my molars. And now finally, I've done two days of whitening in my retainer trays and that took the rest off. So I don't think you need an emergency appointment, but you can ask your doctor next time you see them and make sure it's not something acute. :D Good luck, and I hope to see you in the community. If you start your review/story with us, we can cheer you on as you undergo your treatment! :D
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Thank you for your reply TwoPlusONe, I looked at the teeth closest to me in a mirror with a bright flashlight, and it does look like it's the composite material smoothed out from the high point, that is doing the coloring of the tooth. The inside of the teeth are still white (thanks to the help of a small mirror). I thought the composite material was just a small dollop in one area, but it turns out that it looks more like if you put a chocolate chip in a microwave for a few seconds. The base spreads out a little still leaving the attachment point on top. On second thought though, this may be a benefit in the long run. The dentist will have to grind the composite off eventually. It must be easier to know when to stop grinding if the composite and the tooth are not the same color. Thanks again.
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LOL.  Good point!  But yeah, that cement gets all over the tooth in some cases.  For me, they just pumiced all over every tooth. :)

You're welcome!

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