The Woodlands and Houston, TX
Fluorosis is a cosmetic condition marked by dark spots or ribbons of discoloration on teeth. This condition occurs when adult teeth are still forming and is a result of excessive intake of fluoride – typically from municipal water sources. Fluorosis cannot be whitened with topical teeth whiteners. In fact, many of these treatments will make the appearance of fluorosis more pronounced by lightening the shade of surrounding enamel.
The Woodlands cosmetic dentist Dr. Scott Young offers a range of services that can be used to perfect teeth mottled by fluorosis. Options he may recommend include:
- Dental veneers – porcelain veneers and Lumineers® cover teeth, enabling them to hide deep and stubborn tooth stains
- Tooth bonding – like veneers, bonding is placed over teeth and is very effective at covering stains from fluorosis and tetracycline
These two options offer the most effective solutions for stains that will not respond to topical solutions. Which option is right for your smile can be determined during your initial consultation at our comfortable office in The Woodlands.
Understanding Tooth Discoloration
Some stains are topical and can be removed through brushing, professional cleanings, and bleaching treatments. Other stains, such as fluorosis, are too deep to be lightened. Distinguishing between these two types of tooth stains can be difficult, but failure to properly identify your stains may result in services that enhance their appearance instead of improving your smile. This is one of the many reasons it is always best to discuss your tooth staining with an experienced cosmetic dentist.
If you have severe tooth staining and are looking for the most effective solution, please contact Woodlands Premier Dentistry today. We welcome patients from Houston and all surrounding areas of Texas.