Everyone wants to have white teeth. But white spots on the teeth… not so much. This unsightly problem may be caused by fluorosis (overexposure to fluoride), genetics, a lack of healthy tooth enamel, or other factors. For many people, no amount of brushing and rinsing can get rid of the white spots and provide an evenly colored smile. A visit to your cosmetic dentist in Richardson may be necessary to achieve the beautiful look that you would love to see in the mirror.
Professional Teeth Whitening
Professional teeth whitening, sometimes simply called professional bleaching, removes stains from teeth and makes the enamel brighter. It is much more effective than products you can buy at your local grocery store, and when it is done under a dental professional’s supervision, it is quite safe. With a take-home whitening kit from your dentist, you may be able to brighten the darker portions of your teeth so they blend in more with the white spots.
However, if fluorosis the cause behind your white spots, professional teeth whitening will not be able to give your smile a uniform color. The bleaching gel may brighten the white sports as much as it brightens the rest of your teeth.
Cosmetic bonding, sometimes called direct bonding, does not change the color of your teeth. Rather, it covers your smile’s imperfections. During the procedure, your dentist in Richardson will apply a special composite resin to your teeth and shape it so it creates an attractive, natural-looking barrier over your teeth. A special light hardens the resin. Cosmetic bonding usually only takes one appointment with your dentist, and its results may last for several years.
Porcelain dental veneers are very thin pieces of porcelain that your dentist attaches to the fronts of your teeth. Just like direct bonding, veneers cover flaws in your smile, but there are some important differences between the two treatments. One is that veneers are a more permanent solution, typically lasting for at least 10 – 15 years. They’re also more resistant to stains than bonding and take at least two dental appointments to install.
Removing Your White Spots
The process of removing the white spots on your teeth begins with a consultation with your dentist. First, they’ll examine your mouth and try to pinpoint the cause of the discoloration. Then, they’ll design a treatment plan that will address the problem and help you gain a more attractive smile. After your cosmetic procedure is complete, you can maintain your results by sticking to good oral hygiene habits and attending regular checkups with your dentist.
White spots on your teeth can make you self-conscious about your smile. Thankfully, your dentist offers treatments to help you achieve the gorgeous grin you’ve always wanted.
About the Dentist
Dr. Meredith Davis is proud to serve the Richardson, TX area. She is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Dental Association and the Academy of General Dentistry. If you would like to speak to her about transforming your smile, please contact our office at 972-367-3062.