DENTAL FLUOROSIS is a type of intrinsic staining in teeth. It appears as faint white lines or streaks on the surface of teeth. It occurs when too much fluoride is consumed at younger ages when teeth are being developed under the gums. The main source of overconsumption of fluoride is water consumption high in concentrated fluoride in certain geographic areas. Fluorosis stains don’t go away with brushing, flossing, or whitening since they are embedded in the layers of your teeth. The only way to get rid of fluoride stains is with cosmetic dental treatments like porcelain veneers, porcelain crowns, or bondings. Teeth whitening camouflages the fluoride stains by lightening the surrounding tooth but is not permanent.
Be aware of how much fluoride is consumed by your child. Check on local water fluoridation laws. Make sure your child spits the toothpaste out instead of swallowing it. The proper amount of fluoride is important for your child’s oral health.
Avoid over-exposure to fluoride while maintaining the right amount necessary for developing teeth.
Fluorosis is not harmful to your overall dental health. Most people seek treatment for cosmetic reasons only.
DENTAL PORCELAIN VENEERS FOR DENTAL FLUOROSIS
Veneers are custom-made thin shells of porcelain to cover up fluorosis. If teeth are well aligned or in a good position, minimum preparation or buffing of teeth may be required to create space for veneers. Minimally invasive porcelain veneers are a great option to cover up dental fluoride stains.