Professional Whitening in Pembroke Pines & Plantation, FL
Primary teeth can become discolored easily for a variety of reasons. Enamel defects can result in a child when a mother takes certain medications during pregnancy. Some kids have enamel hypoplasia, a genetic condition that affects the formation of enamel. Brown or white tooth stains are often caused by excessive fluoride use (fluorosis). Newborns stricken with jaundice may have baby teeth with a greenish tinge. In addition, some early childhood illnesses can lead to tooth discoloration. Oftentimes, yellow teeth in kids are caused by poor oral hygiene or diet. For example, the acids in fruit juices and sodas can erode tooth enamel.
Professional Whitening Treatment
There are many ways to treat enamel defects and tooth discolorations. The exact approach depends on the origin of the stain and the age of the child. Some discoloration can be easily removed with routine teeth cleaning. In other cases, the affected tooth will eventually need to be covered with a crown, bonding or a veneer. For older children, professional whitening treatment may be an option.
Kids’ Professional Whitening
However, before professional whitening can be considered, all the adult teeth must have erupted. It is very important not to bleach a child’s teeth too early. Therefore, treatment for some enamel defects may have to wait until your child reaches the teen years, or later. By this time, all the permanent teeth will be present, and the pulp fully formed. This will reduce the risk of unpleasant side effects such as increased tooth sensitivity.
Dr. Milan Khakhria
Our orthodontist, Dr. Milan Khakhria (pronounced Ka-kria), was born and raised in Kenya, hence the safari theme of his office. At the age of 16, he went to England to complete his Dental degree from the University of Manchester Dental School. Before entering private practice in London, Dr. Khakhria also completed a one-year General Practice Residency. During this time in London, he met and married his lovely wife, Priti.