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Bonding to Cover Discolored Teeth
This patient had a combination of fluorosis, a mottling of the enamel from excess fluoride and from difficulty in brushing regularly around orthodontic appliances such as braces. Due to the young age of the patient, it was decided that the best course of treatment was to go with bonding. Porcelain laminates are a much more permanent solution, but at her age, the gums will recede in the next few years, exposing the margin of the restorations. Since bonding doesn't require any reduction of tooth enamel, it can easily be redone with more permanent porcelain laminates when the gums mature around age 25. Doing the bonding as a teenager can greatly help boost one's self esteem at a very important time of life.
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