Two years ago I was hospitalized for 5 weeks for an infection that at the time was unidentifiable. I received heavy doses of antibiotic intravenously. During the time I was on the antibiotics I noticed my teeth turning brown. I was told that tooth discoloration is a known side effect of the drug. Although my teeth have lightened a bit over the 2 years that have passed, they are still noticeably brown. Can porcelain veneers help my brown teeth at all or will the brown show through? – Wilda
Wilda – Your teeth need to be examined first, but it is likely that a skilled cosmetic dentist can provide you with porcelain veneers that will conceal the stains, but still look beautifully natural.
We emphasize that you should find a skilled cosmetic dentist because it can be complex to have porcelain manipulated in a way that keeps it translucent while hiding brown stains. If you do not know anyone from whom you can receive a recommendation for a cosmetic dentist, you can do an online search.
Look for an accredited cosmetic dentist, review his or her smile gallery on the website, and contact the office to schedule a consultation. Choose two or three dentists with whom you can schedule a consultation for porcelain veneers. Be prepared to ask questions, and compare the options, costs, and treatment completion times you are given.
This post is sponsored by top NJ dentist Dr. Allyson Hurley.