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    Teeth Whitening
    An_248630 posted:
    I am 41 years old and was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at the age of 18 months old. At the time of my diagnosis, I was given a medication that the doctor told my parents would permanently "yellow" my teeth. Would a professional whitening treatment whiten my teeth at all?
    Zev Kaufman, DDS responded:
    Dear An_248630:
    You have to go to the dentist and have the staining evaluated. Typically, a good cleaning and whitening works on extrinsic (on the tooth) stains. Intrinsic (within the tooth) staining are much more difficult. In-office power whitening might help some, but it is difficult to predict.
    The best suggestion I can give you is to go to a dentist who is experienced with whitening and try. If it works and you are happy...great. If you are not happy with the result, and you are bothered by the stain, you might consider porcelain laminate veneers. However, remember that that kind of treatment does involve preparing (shaving down) some tooth structure and needs constant maintenance and replacement over time. It is also quite more expensive than whitening.
    Try the power whitening first.
    Best of luck,
    Dr. Zev Kaufman

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