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October 19, 2011

The cosmetic dentist we recommended did a beautiful job with my tetracycline stains

Thanks so much Dr. Hall. Yes, thanks to your website I selected a cosmetic dentist off your site in my area. He did a beautiful job. I had tetracycline staining and right now it does appear that it is covered. I keep worrying that it may still bleed through in time. Hopefully that isn’t the case.
– Monica from Maryland

Monica,
I guess if you’ve had these dark gray teeth all your life, it may be hard to believe that you finally, really have a beautiful smile, but I can assure you that the tetracycline stain is firmly attached to the dentin and will not move around and somehow surface again.

Tetracycline stains do require an expert cosmetic dentist to treat. When poorly trained or inexperienced “cosmetic dentists” try to cover these tetracycline stains, they make one of two mistakes. Either they make the porcelain veneers too translucent and the dark color of the stains shows through, or they make them too opaque and the smile ends up looking pasty and fake. I’m glad to hear that your smile has turned out beautiful.

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About David A. Hall

Dr. David Hall was one of the first 40 accredited cosmetic dentists in the world. He practiced cosmetic dentistry in Iowa, and in 1990 earned his accreditation with the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. He is now president of Infinity Dental Web, a company in Mesa, Arizona that does complete Internet marketing for dentists.

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