If you’re one of the many people afflicted with bright white, horizontal lines on your teeth, you may have fluorosis. While it sounds like a disease, fluorosis isn’t actually harmful. Most likely, as a child, you swallowed toothpaste that contained fluoride. (If you have young children, make sure they use unfluoridated toothpaste.) Your fluorosis stains are intrinsic, meaning they are inside your teeth. Extrinsic stains, like coffee and smoking stains, can often be removed with teeth whitening. Intrinsic stains won’t respond to whitening.
However, you can whiten your teeth to see if your tooth enamel will lighten to blend with the fluorosis stains. Should whitening not produce the results you want, consider cosmetic bonding or veneers. These two cosmetic dental procedures can make your teeth consistently white and absolutely beautiful.
Call Wynnewood Dental Arts (610) 642-0139 if you have questions about fluorosis, teeth whitening, or cosmetic dental procedures.