Dental Fluorosis: What Can Cause This and How Is It Treated?

Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that helps to protect and strengthen your tooth enamel and is extremely effective when used correctly. Dental fluorosis is a condition that occurs when teeth are exposed to too much fluoride while still developing, resulting in lacy white flecks or even brown stains discolouring tooth enamel. Usually, dental fluorosis is completely harmless, leaving only white spots or lacy flecks over teeth, and it may require no treatment whatsoever. However, if dental fluorosis has caused unsightly stains on teeth, several treatments can help to improve the appearance of these teeth cosmetically.

 

Possible treatments include teeth whitening, although this may not always be very effective for more severe staining. Another option is to have teeth bonded, where we coat the tooth surface with composite resin in a shade that blends in beautifully with your natural teeth. Dental bonding usually lasts for several years before the composite resin begins to discolour. The rate of discolouration depends on your lifestyle habits. If you want something more long-lasting, we can provide porcelain veneers. A veneer is a thin porcelain shell custom-made to fit over the tooth and bonded onto the surface. It typically lasts ten years or more with proper care.

Sep, 05, 2021

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