Have you noticed white patches on your teeth lately? Opaque white flecks or streaks on tooth enamel, called fluorosis, are extremely common. Dental fluorosis develops in children under the age of eight when adult teeth are developing. The condition is caused by ingesting too much fluoride – often from swallowing toothpaste – while the permanent teeth are still forming under the gums.
Early Stages of Fluorosis
In its mildest stages, which is by far the most common, small, milky-white spots are scattered irregularly over the teeth. This is generally not considered to be problematic because it makes the teeth more resistant to decay, but even this mild fluorosis may be a cosmetic concern.
Can You Get Rid of Fluorosis?
While getting rid of fluorosis isn’t an option, remember that mild fluorosis only affects the appearance of teeth; it does not result in cavities. Most treatment options for dental fluorosis consist of masking the signs.
At Edgewater Dental Arts, we offer professional teeth whitening, which can help hide the signs of mild fluorosis. Our ZOOM!® teeth whitening option is an in-office treatment that is fast and easy. It can brighten your whole smile up to eight shades in less than an hour!
If you’re looking looking to actively hide fluorosis, however, instead of simply improving the overall look of your teeth, you may want to consider another route. More severe fluorosis will often result in ‘pitting’ or discolored brown stains. If we detect this later stage of fluorosis, we may recommend that placing porcelain dental veneers on top of the teeth that are affected. Dr. Cutting will offer advice on the best method for you. The exact treatment method for fluorosis will need to be selected on a case-by-case basis.
Ready to get started on the road to a more aesthetically pleasing smile? Call our office to schedule a visit to discuss treatment options or ask us about it at your next dental checkup!
We offer the following cosmetic services to help you get the smile you want.