Teeth can be discoloured for many reasons, and sometimes the discolourations can be white spots or darker patches. These marks often involve part of the tooth surface, but not the whole tooth. The marks can be due to improper mineralisation of the tooth enamel when it formed - and the possible causes are many. The good news is that modern techniques can allow these patches to be treated conservatively and without the need for fillings or veneers. This newer, conservative approach is the perfect treatment for such discolourations.
This patient presented with significant white patches on his teeth. He had been told that he needed porcelain veneers - but he was only 19 years old.
We commenced a conservative treatment with him, and after just 6 weeks of home-based whitening and remineralisation procedures, we were able to return the natural colour to his teeth without drilling into the teeth or placing veneers. The result was almost perfect and without the need for complicated restorative treatment.
The pre-treatment photo shows pronounced white patches on the enamel of the incisors, that detracts from an otherwise handsome smile.
The white patches in the enamel are the result of too much Fluoride exposure as a child and the improper formation of the enamel mineral at that time.
6 weeks of conservative therapy (microabrasion, remineralisation and whitening) created a profound improvement in the enamel of these teeth.
This young man was able to smile confidently after treatment, and he had no long-term, ongoing treatment requirments after this conservative therapy.