Dr. Mark H. Wright of Colorado Springs, Colorado, is a quality dentist offering cosmetic treatments for patients with fluorosis teeth staining. But what is fluorosis, and what can be done to address this discoloration?
Fluorosis is a condition characterized by excessive fluoride intake. While fluorine, the element that causes fluorosis, is essential for healthy teeth and bones, too much of it can cause adverse health effects. Some common symptoms of fluorosis include tooth discoloration, increased susceptibility to cavities, and weakened bones. There are several ways to avoid or treat this condition, including avoiding excess consumption of fluoride-rich foods and drinks and taking supplements that reduce the body’s fluoride levels.
In many cases, fluorosis causes teeth to become discolored and more prone to decay. Over time, this can lead to several serious dental issues such as cavities and gum disease. Additionally, excessive fluoride intake may also weaken the bones in your jaw and make them more susceptible to fractures. Most patients who have fluorosis are more bothered by the aesthetic appearance of their teeth. The discoloration can impact the smile’s appearance. Thankfully, there are treatment options to cover fluoride staining: porcelain veneers.
Porcelain veneers are typically used to cover up the appearance of fluorosis. During a dental veneer procedure, your dentist will prepare your teeth by lightly buffing them and molding thin layers of porcelain around the front surface of your teeth. This hides discoloration from view and restores your smile’s natural look and function. Veneers are also stain-resistant, so you don’t have to worry about food or drink affecting their appearance. They make an excellent solution for fluorosis staining.
Both composite resin and composite veneers are affordable alternatives to porcelain restorations and may also be considered. These are often placed faster than a traditional veneer but do not always last as long.
Whether you’re dealing with minor staining from fluorosis or looking for an effective way to restore your beautiful smile, porcelain veneers may be the solution you need. Talk to the Mark H Wright DDS team today about whether this treatment is right for your smile. Call (719) 624-4122 to request an evaluation and appointment at 930 North Cedar Street in Colorado Springs, CO.