Fluoride Stain Solutions
Do you have white and brown streaks or spots on your teeth? You may think it is a form of tooth decay, but you’ll be pleased to learn it’s more likely a case of mild to moderate dental fluorosis. Fluorosis occurs when tooth enamel is exposed to too much fluoride early in its development, which may cause staining.
What Does Fluorosis Look Like?
Fluorosis comes can be very mild, mild, moderate, and severe. In the two mild instances, mottling of a tooth’s enamel is hardly perceptible and usually shows up as a faded white streak or spot.
In many cases, Dr. Ryan Love or his hygienist will be the first to notice it because of all the attention they pay to your teeth. Usually, because the condition is rather common and not very visible to the naked eye, it isn’t considered detrimental enough to treat.
Moderate and severe fluorosis, on the other hand, will certainly be noticeable. The discoloration will likely affect more than one tooth across a larger surface area of enamel. Sometimes, the coloring can include an outline of brown as well. Most people live with fluorosis as it is not very noticeable and you may not even know you have it.
If it something that bothers you we have some solutions.
The three favorable methods to correct fluorosis involve a bit of work and cost, but they can be successful. They are dental bonding, veneers, and deep whitening.
- Dental bonding: Dental bonding is the most affordable of the three, and is something you may already be familiar with. This solution involves removing a slight portion of the enamel and then filling it in with a tooth-colored filling. The results match your teeth exactly, and can be a quick and easy fix.
- Porcelain Veneers: Veneers can be a costly but effective solution if you’re willing to invest in the expense. Veneers are thin shells of tooth-colored material that are adhered to the front surface of your existing teeth to improve their appearance.
- Deep Whitening: Deep whitening, while it might seem like an easy fix, is often done with only limited success. In fact, some dentists will not even attempt whitening in this instance due to fears it can make the spotting more pronounced. The process will likely involve several visits to the office, in addition to proprietary whitening products. Also note that, deep whitening is notan over-the-counter remedy.
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