I am a 20-year-old female and feel like I have always had great dental health. But, when my permanent teeth came in, I have dealt with brown spots. This discoloration is largely on my two front teeth and it has been like this for as long as I can remember. I have had a dentist tell me that this was caused by a fever when I was a baby. I have tried so many over-the-counter teeth whitening products without any luck. These seem to make the spots darker and only makes the area of tooth around the spots whiter. Now my dentist is asking me to undergo an experiment where the front of my tooth will be ground down in an effort to remove the discoloration. This simply makes me nervous and also worried about the pain. She’s never done it before and I don’t think this is the way to go since she doesn’t even know how much tooth she will need to grind away. Have you heard of any other options? I will try anything because I am sick of hiding my ugly brown spots.
-Laurie from Indiana
Unfortunately it does not sound like your dentist understands how professional teeth whitening really works. You are at risk for serious damage to your teeth. I would not let her experiment on you.
You are correct. Teeth bleaching will not work for removing brown spots. What happens is the bleach whitens the whole tooth which actually makes the spots stand out more. It sounds like you have experienced this.
Depending on how bad your spots are, microabrasion could be an option. This treatment is very successful for removing white spots on the teeth. Although, it may not work for brown spots unless they are topical stains. Therefore, it sounds like you may need to consider tooth bonding or porcelain veneers.
I would make sure you visit an experienced cosmetic dentist for any kind of cosmetic procedure, like porcelain veneers.
The good news is that you do have options. Schedule a consultation with an expert cosmetic dentist so they can give you the best recommendation based on the severity of your discoloration.
This post was provided by Plano dentist Whitmore DDS.