Re-establishing Esthetics of Fluorosis-Stained Teeth Using Enamel Microabrasion and Dental Bleaching Techniques

Guedes Pontes, Danielson; Michele Leite Correa, Ketlen; Cohen-Carneiro, Flávia
June 2012
European Journal of Esthetic Dentistry;Summer2012, Vol. 7 Issue 2, p130
Academic Journal
Case Study
Dental fluorosis manifests itself as white stains on the enamel of teeth exposed to excessive doses of fluoride during their formation. Fluorosis usually occurs as a result of the ingestion of dentifrices, gels and fluoridated solutions. It may be diagnosed as mild, moderate or severe, and in some cases, it may cause the loss of the surface structure of dental enamel. The aim of this study was to report the clinical case of a female patient of 18 years with moderate fluorosis, whose smile was reestablished by the use of an enamel microabrasion technique, followed by in-office bleaching. A microabrasion technique with 6% hydrochloric acid associated with silica carbide showed to be a safe and efficient method for removing white fluorosis stains, while dental bleaching was useful for obtaining a uniform tooth shade. The association of these techniques presented excellent results and the patient was satisfied. Both techniques are painless, fast and easy to perform, in addition to preserving the dental structure. Treatment showed immediate and permanent results; this technique must be divulged among professionals and their patients.


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