Most of us think of discoloration as a problem that only adults face. However, I see more and more teenagers seeking teeth whitening at my San Diego practice. Teen tooth discoloration is caused by 2 common scenarios and can easily be treated through cosmetic dentistry or avoided all together with a variety of preventative measures.

1.) Medication

Acne treatment medications in the Tetracycline family are known to cause tooth discoloration in some users. The change in color is caused by the increased chroma in the mouth, and is often more severe in patients that take the drug in higher doses or for extended periods of time.

The tetracycline is generally not given to teens because it causes intrinsic staining. Since the stain is internal from the bloodstream, external bleaching is not effective. The stains should have to be masked by bonding or porcelain veneers.

2.) Poor Cleaning Habits

When the teeth are not cleaned properly, bacterial pockets form in the gums. Accumulated dental plaque can absorb food colors and leave colored residue on the teeth. This is easily fixed by having the teen brush and floss regularly. If the discoloration is severe, an in-office teeth whitening treatment may be helpful to return the teeth to an acceptable shade of white.

If your teen is suffering from either of these two common discoloration causes please call or visit my San Diego cosmetic dentistry office in UTC, La Jolla. We offer Zoom in-office teeth whitening or at home teeth whitening kits to fit the needs of your teenager. Cosmetic bonding and porcelain veneers are also procedures which I perform regularly. My staff would love to help you set-up an appointment and answer any of your questions