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Solution for Brown Spots on Teeth?

I have very healthy teeth but my big problem is I have some brown spots on my two front teeth, that have been there since childhood. My dentist is trying very hard to help me. We’ve done every over-the-counter whitening product known to man. All that has done is to whiten around the brown spots, which is making them even more obvious. Now she is talking about grinding down the spots to get to the underlying color, but doesn’t know how far she’ll have to grind. This sort of terrifies me. Is there another solution to this? Would Zoom whitening work?


Dear Kaleigh,

Please don’t let your dentist experiment on you any longer. She’s going to end up destroying your teeth, even though she seems to have the best of intentions. Your situation needs an expert cosmetic dentist. Your dentist isn’t. I can say that with confidence because she doesn’t seem to understand even the basics, such as teeth whitening.

As you discovered with the over-the-counter products, teeth whitening procedures whiten your teeth evenly. That means as it whitens the brown spots, it also whitens the surrounding white parts, making the brown look even more obvious. It will be the same with professional teeth whitening, including Zoom Whitening.

When Teeth Whitening Isn’t Enough

Your situation calls for an expert cosmetic dentist. There are two procedures that can give you the results you are looking for. The least expensive is dental bonding. The dentist will remove some of the structure where the browns spots are, then place composite materials on top to match the surrounding white tooth structure. You’ll finally be rid of those unsightly brown spots. You should be aware the bonding will have to be replaced every few years. Well taken care of, it will obviously last longer.

Your second option is to get porcelain veneers. This is the go-to procedure for a total smile makeover. Veneers can change everything about your smile, including the shape, size, and color. It is what people talk about when they say a “Celebrity Smile”. It can last for many years, but is more pricey.

No matter which procedure you choose, you will need a different dentist to do it. I don’t mean that you will have to switch dentists. It sounds like you have a dentist who cares for you. What I mean is you will need a different dentist to do the procedure. Then you will return to your dentist for your general dental care.

In your place, because of the difficulty of your procedure, you will need one of the top cosmetic dentists. I suggest you look for someone who is AACD accredited. These are in the top 1% of cosmetic dentists in the country. If there is not one in your immediate area, it will be worth your while to drive where there is one just for this procedure.

This blog is brought to you by Naperville Cosmetic Dentist Dr. David Newkirk.