What to do about brown fluoride stains?

Have you dealt with brown fluoride stains before? We have been trying to get these spots fixed for my son, but have not been successful. We used a local dentist that decided to try bleaching the spots but that did not work. Next, the same dentist wants to try porcelain veneers, but I am hesitant since the last recommendation failed. I was wondering what the cost difference is between veneers and dental bonding? Any information or advice you may have would be greatly appreciated before we commit to another treatment.

– Paula in Kansas


From what you have described it would not be a good idea to have the same dentist that did the teeth bleaching go ahead and do the porcelain veneers or dental bonding. This is because it does not sound as if that dentist understand cosmetic dentistry.

Teeth whitening will not be effective for the spots like your son has from the fluoride. But you have already learned about this the hard way.

To answer your question about which treatment to move forward with, dental bonding may work the best for your specific case. This is because the bonding would actually cover up the stains instead of trying to remove them. This kind of cosmetic dentistry technique truly is an art. The dentist works freehand and the level of detail and understanding of the sophisticated materials that are used requires much training beyond dental school. With that in mind, you can’t just go do any general or family dentist. A cosmetic dentist possess a passion for beauty and takes an artistic, appearance-related approach to dentistry.

Porcelain veneers are also a possibility, although they are probably more expensive than the dental bonding. Good luck doing your research on the next dentist. Try to find a cosmetic dentist with a vast portfolio of experience and the right credentials.

Hopefully this information was helpful.

This post is sponsored by Phoenix dentist Arthur Chal Esthetic and Reconstructive Dentistry.

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