Have you noticed stains popping up on your child's teeth, or do you have stains on your own teeth that won't go away with whitening products? They could be due to fluorosis.
What is Fluorosis?
Fluorosis is a condition that occurs when the enamel is exposed to too much fluoride early in the tooth's development. The end results are stains and discoloration on the teeth. In many cases, these stains may be quite light and hardly noticeable, but more severe cases may also occur.
At times, the coloring can include a brown outline, and with the most severe instances, the stains may be predominantly brown.
Most cases of fluorosis are on the mild side, and people that have these stains are able to live life without any concerns. Most people may not even notice that their teeth are any different.
How Can You Get Rid of Fluorosis Stains?
Fluorosis stains are actually quite difficult to correct, as over the counter whitening methods won't make them budge. However, there are three methods that can help to improve the appearance of your smile if you have severe fluorosis stains that you want to cover up:
Deep whitening. The deep whitening process will only have limited success when it comes to removing fluorosis stains, so many dentists don't even try this option with these types of stains. The process will involve several office visits and at-home whitening treatments.
Veneers. Dental veneers can be expensive, but if you have fluorosis on your permanent teeth, they can be a great and effective long-term solution. They can also correct other imperfections that you might be unhappy with in your smile.
Bonding. Dental bonding will be the most affordable option and involves a tooth colored filling material on the teeth. This is an especially good option for children, and depending on the severity of the stain, it could be an easy fix.
You don't have to live with troublesome fluorosis stains. Contact our dental office about your options today.
Century Dental Dr. Jefferson Call, DMD & Dr. Dix Densley, DDS