Patients suffering from discolouration and fluorosis can see a change in the appearance of their tooth’s enamel surface.
A common disorder, it affects many across the UK.
5.8 million people in the UK are affected by fluoridated water – NHS.
Today, treating fluorosis is easily managed with cosmetic procedures applied by expert dentists.
Mild cases will not require treatment, however, patients who are unhappy with the look of the smiles can turn to cosmetic dentistry for help.
A cosmetic condition that affects the teeth, fluorosis is often caused by being overly exposed to fluoride as a child.
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:
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
Fluorosis is not a disease, however, its effects can be distressing for some patients, who feel self-conscious about the cosmetic appeal of their mouths.
The main causes of fluorosis is excessive use of dental products (toothpaste/mouthwash etc) containing fluoride.
This can also be caused by taking a fluoride supplement alongside receiving your recommended amount.
The CDC recommend that in areas where the natural levels exceed 2 parts per million, that children intake their water from other sources.
There are various reasons why teeth may become stained – the main causes of discolouration include:
However, when it comes to 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 an expert dentist, who will be able to point you in the right direction to improve your oral health as well as enhance your aesthetics.
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, strong and very durable.
Involving no shaving, drilling or altering of the tooth shape, veneers are applied to the front surface of the tooth and only require roughing of the enamel for it to be cemented securely.
Using a tooth coloured composite resin, the dentist can apply to multiple teeth to restore any damage.
One of the most cost-effective treatments, it is cheaper than other cosmetic procedures like crowns and veneers.
However, this is because it is not considered a permanent option, is not as strong as porcelain and can chip and crack.
Porcelain crowns are colour matched to your teeth and provide a strong solution to fix fluorosis and discolouration.
Crowns, however, in comparison to veneers will require the tooth shape to be altered as crowns cover the whole tooth.
To enhance the look of your smile and correct any imperfections, cosmetic dental solutions are the most recommended as most procedures also benefit oral health and hygiene as well as aesthetics.
Due to advancements in technology, our specialist cosmetic dentists have been able to take their treatments to the next level and provide our patients with quick and affordable solutions.
Contact us on 020 8224 7562.
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