The last thing you want when your perfectly straight teeth have the braces taken off is the appearance of white lines or circles on your tooth enamel. These small scars in the enamel are evidence of a past history of poor oral hygiene or ineffective plaque removal during your orthodontic care. They are caused by small amounts of plaque bacteria sitting around the brackets and attempting to cause tooth decay. Thankfully the decay process was interrupted and the tooth does not develop a cavity, but the scarred, weak enamel is left to show for it.
How can you get rid of these areas? It doesn’t happen overnight, but there are some techniques that can help reduce the appearance of these white spots. Perhaps the most common method is professional teeth whitening after the braces have been removed. The white spots will become lighter than the rest of the tooth in the beginning, but as the whitening treatment approaches completion, the areas should have a more uniform appearance. Another method is using Recaldent, a treatment that helps heal the scarred enamel from the inside out. This type of treatment can take a few visits before full results are achieved. If the lesions are severe, it may be necessary to place a tooth colored bonding or filling over it, that matches your healthy enamel.
The best way to deal with white spots is to avoid them completely. Really take your time when it comes to oral hygiene with braces, spending twice as much time brushing as you normally would. A topical fluoride in the form of a rinse or gel is also extremely effective for avoiding white spots during orthodontic care.
Posted on behalf of Mockingbird Dental
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