While fluoride is effective in helping children and adults prevent tooth decay, excessive fluoride exposure—especially during childhood—can result in teeth stains.

If you feel self-conscious about your smile due to teeth discoloration, a professional teeth whitening treatment may be able to restore your vibrant, healthy looking smile. Santa Monica cosmetic dentist Dr. Ana Brightleaf can help you determine if teeth whitening treatment is right for you.

Too much fluoride can result in a condition known as dental fluorosis, in which the teeth enamel develops white spots or other changes in appearance and texture. Fluorosis develops during childhood, when the permanent teeth are still developing, but the effects are often not noticeable until later in life.

Overfluoridation can also affect adults. This is more common among people who overuse fluoride treatments such as rinses or supplements.

The risk of too much fluoride is generally low. That said, parents should monitor younger children to ensure they do not swallow toothpaste or mouthwash during their daily dental hygiene routines.

Although professional teeth whitening can brighten your smile several shades in a single treatment, patients with deep stains may benefit from another treatment, such as porcelain veneers.

If you live in the greater Santa Monica area and would like to learn if professional teeth whitening can help rejuvenate your smile, please contact Brightleaf Cosmetic & Holistic Dentistry to schedule your personal consultation with Dr. Ana Brightleaf.