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Teeth Whitening: Treating Discolored Front Teeth

There are several causes of discolored teeth including dental trauma, too much fluoride, poor oral hygiene, or severe illness or use of certain medications during infancy.

Teeth bleaching is the simplest treatment to whiten teeth since it can be done at home and requires no anesthetic or tooth removal. The dentist can customize the time, frequency, and concentration of bleaching material to best suit the age of the child and extent of the condition.

White or brown spots on the surface of teeth can often be improved with enamel micro abrasion, the removing of microscopic bits of discolored enamel with an abrasive and mild acid solution. Finally, more severe tooth discolorations, as seen in enamel fluorosis or tetracycline staining, might require white fillings or veneers to mask the color.