What is microabrasion?
Dentists carefully rub a compound on the teeth to remove superficial stains and discoloration. Keep in mind that some teeth that have deep irreversible stain or discoloration as the result of trauma or medications such as tetracycline cannot be removed by mircroabrasion. Why are my child's teeth discolored?
There are a variety of reasons why your child’s permanent teeth may appear to be discolored. Some may have arisen due to trauma to a baby tooth whether it is due to a previous infection, high fevers or prolonged chronic illnesses. High doses of fluoride over a period of time can also cause some white or brown discoloration. What if microabrasion doesn't work?
Although microabrasion is a safe and minimal treatment of discolored teeth, there are other alternatives that your dentist may suggest. These include plastic or porcelain veneers or porcelain crowns. Generally theses options are less affordable and more extensive as they require preparation of your tooth. Discuss with your dentist as to which option is best for you.