My daughter's teeth are badly stained from antibiotics as an infant. Would ZOOM help or should I consider veneers for her?

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Whitening Versus Veneers

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It is unfortunate that your daughter has what is called 'tricycline' staining, which is caused by antibiotic usage either by the mother during pregnancy or during the course of our lifetime. Aggressive bleaching can help some patients, but the treatment costs add up after several visits and patients with heightened sensitivity do not do well with this treatment plan. If the stains are deep and intractable after a bleaching treatment, I would recommend veneers. 

I like to preserve the natural tooth as much as possible, but sometimes there are few other options, especially with antibiotic staining. Zoom! is great for many patients and situations, but this is probably not one of them. 

Zoom whitening vs veneers...

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Hello there,
It seems that you may be referring to tetracycline staining.  I have had many patients that have come in for this same issue.  In my 10 years of practice, I have never seen a single case where Zoom whitening or any other whitening worked for these patients.  I always recommend veneers for this issue.  The stains are permanent and cannot be overcome with modern whitening techniques.  Your daughter, no matter the age, would benefit immensely from veneers.  As a young girl, something as visible as discolored teeth can negatively affect her self-esteem and subsequently, her relationship choices and ultimately the trajectory of her life. 
Good luck to you guys and I'm sure you'll make the decision that's in your daughter's best interest.

Options for teeth Stained with Antibiotics

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Bleaching can improve teeth stained by antibiotics but is much more difficult than bleaching normal teeth and takes much longer. Oftentimes the result is less than the patient would ideally want. Varies from case to case depending on the severity of the staining. Veneers are a predictable option but requires an excellent cosmetic dentist experienced in the intricacies of blocking out the dark colors of the underlying tooth structure while still achieving a natural appearance.

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