Tetracycline staining causes some of the most difficult stains to remove from teeth. It stains deep into the surface of the tooth and has always been thought of as irreversible.
What do you do when you are given medication as a child that permanently discolors your adult teeth?
Many adults hide their smiles or try not to smile at all when they have discolored teeth. Many discolorations can be caused by staining foods, drinks, and/or habits like cigar smoking. These stains stay mostly on the surface of the teeth unlike those caused by tetracycline.
For patients who have lost hope in whitening products that do not quite do the job, Sugar Fix Dental Loft has the answer for you. You can contact us right now to find out how we can help you.
What is tetracycline staining?
Tetracycline is an antibiotic that was commonly used to treat different kinds of bacterial infections. Every medication usually has a side effect, unfortunately. Tetracycline causes severe stains on your teeth.
Although rarely used now because of the side effects, thousands of adults have discoloration on their teeth and no answers as to how to remove them. Patients have taken the antibiotic as a child and their adult teeth under the gums are affected as a result. The medicine calcifies in the teeth. Then, as the baby teeth grow out, the permanent tetracycline-stained teeth move into position as they get older. As an adult, they have to deal with the ugly aftermath of the stained teeth.
The colors of the stain vary from light yellows, dark yellows, browns, and purplish colors. Some teeth have translucent edges, large white spots, or “banding” of different yellows or browns on the teeth.
What did people do prior to KOR whitening?
People with tetracycline staining and bands had to deal with the color as a result. When whitening systems came along, a lot of people had false hopes for the treatments working on their stained teeth. For cosmetic looks, some whitening kits can not penetrate the tooth enough for deep staining. They can improve the look only to a certain extent.
Most dentists would have patients whiten and/or place veneers on the teeth to be aesthetically pleasing. Veneers would be placed over the stained teeth like a facing and the results are tremendous.
Sometimes this treatment is not affordable to all. With tetracycline staining, all teeth are affected in the mouth. This can seem to leave people with no options for their staining issues.
What is KOR whitening?
The KOR whitening system is a multi-step deep whitening treatment for severely stained teeth. Tetracycline causes severe stains and KOR whitening from Sugar Fix Dental Loft is the solution for all who have lost hope in Lakeview, Chicago, or near the 60657 zip code. No more issues or troubles for people that have difficult staining on the teeth.
The treatment requires an initial visit where we take bleaching tray impressions, and do a “conditioning” treatment. The process is about 1.5 hours. This preps the teeth for the at-home treatment. For 2-4 weeks whitening trays are worn every night at home to achieve optimal whitening potential.
The final visit to our office is another treatment of whitening with a stronger bleach. This treatment also takes about 1.5 hours. After the full treatment touch-up, whitenings can be used whenever needed.
How it works
The first treatment in-office prepares the teeth for deep bleaching. KOR whitening is in 3 separate syringes that are mixed together prior to use for superior results. The product contains 13% Hydremide Peroxide Gel and the results vary from none to little whitening on the teeth. This is normal for the first step because it is mostly preparing the teeth for the at-home whitening procedure.
The powerhouse whitening gel is 16% Carbamide Peroxide and is worn every night for 6-8 hours. It is important to wear them every night before the final visit. The at-home procedure will be longer for darker staining and tetracycline staining.
For the final visit, the teeth are 2/3 towards the way to optimal white. The final procedure is 34% Hydremide Peroxide gel placed on all the teeth 3 times. The strong bleach removes any final staining on the teeth that the at-home treatment did not.
This great teeth whitening service is available at Sugar Fix Dental Loft in Lakeview, Chicago 60657. If you have any questions you can always contact us at (773) 883-1818 and talk with one of our whitening specialists.3346 N Paulina St
Chicago, IL 60657
b/t Roscoe St & Lincoln Ave