Antibiotic staining such as tetracycline takes place during the development of the teeth and is generally seen as dark yellow, brown or even grey banding over similar areas of teeth.
Whitening works by applying a gel containing peroxide bleach onto the enamel of the teeth. This is a very effective and conservative means of treating tetracycline staining although results will vary depending on the severity of staining and the thickness of enamel. Whitening can be done at home or in the office. The advantage of in office bleaching is that it allows us to use a much higher concentration of the bleach in a very controlled and safe environment. In office bleaching in conjunction with at home bleaching for 4-20 weeks will usually give very desirable results.
Veneers can be made as thin as contact lens and are placed over existing teeth to change the shape and colour of the teeth.