Fluorosis is a cosmetic imperfection caused by the consumption of too much fluoride as permanent teeth are developing. Producing a mottled or ribboned appearance underneath the enamel, fluorosis may actually become accentuated by topical teeth whiteners – even the professional options offered by Austin cosmetic dentist Dr. John Schmid. Similar in tenacity to stains caused by tetracycline, those caused by fluorosis may need to be covered completely for the restoration of a bright and beautifully white smile.
Cosmetic Dentistry and Fluorosis
The best treatments for fluorosis are:
- Porcelain veneers – because veneers are placed over the surface of teeth discolored by fluorosis, the stains are eliminated entirely. Better still, porcelain veneers can, at the same time, be used to address many other cosmetic imperfections to produce a straight, white, and brilliant smile you will be proud to show the world.
- Dental bonding – like veneers, bonding is placed over the surface of teeth and can be used to address myriad cosmetic imperfections. However, dental bonding is not as long-lasting as porcelain veneers and will need to be retouched at more frequent intervals.
Are My Stains too Deep to Whiten Topically?
Stains caused by fluorosis and tetracycline are typically too deep to whitened with topical solutions, but other stains may prove resistant to bleaching as well. The best way to learn which cosmetic option will be most effective for the brightening of your smile is through a free one-on-one consultation with our Austin cosmetic dentist.