An Issue With Mottled Teeth

A Downham patient asks if we can do anything about this not uncommon problem.

We often receive enquiries about stained and discoloured teeth from patients who want their smile to be more attractive. Today’s blog post though, answers a question from a resident of Downham, asking if anything can be done about her mottled teeth.

Q. Hi … I’ve always looked after my teeth and they are generally reasonably white, though I wouldn’t mind them being a little whiter. My problem though is that I have some bright white patches on my teeth which my friend told me were ‘mottled teeth’. Can you explain why this happens please and if there is anything you can do to help me get rid of them?

Hello and thank you for your interesting question. As you would expect, I would need to see you for a consultation at the Cygnet Dental Practice in order to be able to diagnose the problem accurately. What you have described this does sound very much like what we dentists refer to as dental fluorosis. This is caused by excessive ingestion of fluoride into the tooth as the enamel is being formed. Although the appearance of yours is white, it can also produce brown patches which are very unsightly, as you would imagine.

On a positive note, people that have this issue are actually less likely to suffer from dental decay as the enamel is stronger because of the fluoride, although obviously, good dental care is still essential.

There are options if these white patches on your teeth are causing you sufficient concern to want to have them improved. The first of these is to have a tooth whitening procedure. In theory, this could whiten your teeth to a similar shade to the white patches, thereby evening out the colour of your teeth. Initially though, this can brighten the white spots even more although this will even out over time. For those with mild fluorosis, this may be sufficient to disguise the white patches, although it is unlikely to hide them altogether.

In order to cover these white spots entirely, another option is to have dental veneers fitted. These replace the front enamel surface of the tooth with a fine layer of porcelain, created in the shade of your choice. As these veneers are not porous, they are highly resistant to staining and should maintain their colour for many years.

It may be that you are not sufficiently concerned about the appearance of your teeth to have this mildly invasive procedure, but, should you wish to seek professional advice, our cosmetic dentist based near Downham, would be happy to examine your teeth and discuss your options and expected outcomes with you before you make a decision.

If you would like to do this, please call the Cygnet Dental Practice today on 01268 733078 and one of our receptionists will make an appointment for you.