You’ve lived with your braces for the past 20+ months. Your teeth are straight, and your braces are removed. You can chew gum, eat popcorn, and brushing and flossing has never been easier. But wait. What are those white spots on your teeth?
If an orthodontist tells a patient once, she tells a patient 100 times: keep your teeth clean by brushing and flossing. Why this repeated mantra? Those white spots are why.
White spots will develop on a person’s teeth while having braces if food and bacteria are not removed adequately. Orthodontists understand that flossing and brushing properly are more challenging with metal brackets on the teeth, but that is why they demonstrate how to do it and remind you over and over again. Dental plaque builds up around the brackets, and when this plaque is not removed regularly it will begin to eat away at the enamel of the teeth. These white spots are actually the beginning of a cavity that is forming due to excess plaque build-up around braces.
If you have had your braces removed only to be disappointed by the spots left behind on your perfectly straightened teeth, talk with your orthodontist or dentist about your options. Teeth whitening can help make the white spots less noticeable or your dentist may recommend a toothpaste or gel to help strengthen your tooth enamel and help erase those white spots. Prevention is always the key when it comes to oral hygiene, but that does not mean that your months of orthodontist appointments are all for naught. Your orthodontist will be happy to help you.
Posted on behalf of Linda King DDS
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