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Discolouration & Fluorosis

Patients suffering from discolouration and fluorosis can often see a change in the appearance of their tooth’s enamel surface.

A common disorder, it affects many across the UK.

Today, treating fluorosis is easily managed with cosmetic procedures.

Mild cases will not require treatment, however, patients who are unhappy with the look of the smiles can turn to cosmetic dentistry for help.

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What is fluorosis?

A cosmetic condition that affects the teeth, fluorosis is often caused by being overly exposed to fluoride.

Once permanent teeth come in, the teeth may only appear to be mildly discoloured, where only lacy white markings can be detected.

However, in the most severe cases, teeth may have:

  • Heavy yellow or dark brown staining
  • Noticeable dental pits and fissures
  • Irregularities present to the surface of teeth

Whilst, patients suffering from fluorosis tend not to have dental caries, which means the tooth is not affected by decay, patients instead suffer the most from brown staining that can make the teeth look corroded.

Symptoms and causes of fluorosis

The main cause of fluorosis is excessive use of dental products (toothpaste/mouthwash etc) containing fluoride. It can also be caused by taking a fluoride supplement.

Symptoms include:

  • Small white specks
  • Streaks of white
  • Dark brown stains
  • Rough pitted enamel
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What can make teeth discoloured?

There are various reasons why teeth may become stained – the main causes of discolouration include:

  • Coffee, tea, soda, wine, particular fruit and veg
  • The use of tobacco
  • Underlying conditions and disease
  • Certain medications
  • Ageing and genetics
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Effective teeth whitening procedures

Teeth whitening can be an effective method to whiten and brighten teeth that may have become stained.

However, when it comes to discolouration or fluorosis, in the majority of cases, if the problem is visible then the condition is already deep-set.

Teeth whitening may help to cover the stains, however, it is not a long-term solution.

It’s important to bear in mind that this all depends on the severity of your condition.

It’s advisable to speak to a cosmetic dentist, who will be able to point you in the right direction to improve your oral health as well as enhance your aesthetics.

Veneers to whiten teeth

Veneers permanently conceal smile imperfections caused by discoloured and pitted teeth.

Due to advancements in technology, veneers are wafer-thin shells that are resistant to staining. Plus they are known to be strong and very durable.

Involving no shaving, drilling or altering of the tooth shape, veneers are applied to the front surface of the tooth. They will only require roughing of the enamel for it to be cemented securely.

Learn more.

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Bonding to brighten teeth

Using a tooth coloured composite resin, the dentist can apply it to multiple teeth to restore any damage.

One of the most cost-effective treatments, it is cheaper than other cosmetic procedures.

However, this is because it is not considered a permanent option. This is because it is not as strong as porcelain.

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Why cosmetic dentistry?

To enhance the look of your smile and correct any imperfections, cosmetic dental solutions are often the most recommended.

Most procedures also benefit oral health and hygiene as well as aesthetics.

Due to advancements in technology, our cosmetic dentists have been able to take their treatments to the next level by providing our patients with quick and affordable solutions.

Here, at the Gentle Dental, our professional cosmetic dentists are leaders in smile makeovers. We do hundreds every year! Read our reviews here.

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Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening involves bleaching your teeth to make your smile a few shades whiter.

Though many over-the-counter kits can whiten your teeth at home, it is better to undergo this treatment with a professional dentist from £300.

Composite Bonding

Composite bonding is a cosmetic treatment that is most commonly used to repair cracks, chips, or small gaps in between the teeth.

A resin is applied to the teeth, before being shaped by one of our highly skilled cosmetic dentists to match your teeth.

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If you are conscious that your smile is gummy and you have short teeth, or your gum line is uneven, then gum reshaping is a perfect option for you.

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If you are wary of long or uneven teeth, then cosmetic dental contouring is a perfect way of evening out your smile.

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