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4

Preventing White Spots Around Your Braces

Posted in Orthodontics

You’ve probably seen or heard about white spots on the teeth of orthodontic patients. They go through 1, 2, or even 3 years worth of treatment to get beautiful, straight teeth, only to have their braces taken off and white circles left on their teeth where their brackets once were. To prevent and eliminate the risk of white spots, you’ll need to know what actually causes them in the first place.

White spots are actually areas of weak tooth enamel that began to demineralize and decay due to plaque biofilm sitting on the tooth. These areas can also occur along the gumlines, leaving “stripes” on the teeth of children as their teeth erupt further into place because they did not brush properly. On an orthodontic patient, it comes from the plaque resting around their brackets on each tooth.

Thorough plaque removal around every bracket each and every day is essential. Electric toothbrushes, proxa-brushes, and water flossers can help remove plaque in even the hardest to reach areas. Brushing and flossing (traditional or water flossing) must happen at least twice each day for 2 or more minutes to make sure that enough bacteria has been removed. A regular or electric toothbrush will not get the plaque between the teeth, so always use another type of oral care device to target these areas. Brush carefully above and below the brackets, not just straight onto the tooth.

Lastly, your dentist or orthodontist may prescribe a fluoride gel to use at home during your orthodontic treatment. Fluoride helps remineralize weakened enamel, preventing it from becoming “white” or even turning into a cavity.

Posted on behalf of Envy Smile Dental Spa

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