Are your teeth spotted with white areas across the tooth enamel? These areas of demineralization were once places that decay was starting to form, or even a result of trauma or illness as a child. They are frequently seen on people that have had orthodontic appliances removed, or along the gumlines, if oral hygiene isn’t up to par.
How can you remove these white spots and improve the appearance of your smile?
Specially blended gels that contain calcium and phosphate can be applied by your dental professional to strengthen and restore minerals in areas of weak tooth enamel. A few applications may be needed to achieve full results.
If the white spot only affects a very shallow area, micro-abrasion can be used to buff it out of the tooth. After this gentle abrasion process, the tooth is then prepped with protective ingredients that prevent sensitivity or susceptibility to further demineralization.
Professional grade whitening treatments can diminish the appearance of white spots across your smile. Please note that in the beginning of your whitening treatment these areas will whiten quicker and faster, making them more noticeable. If you stick with the whitening procedure for the recommended amount of time, the rest of the tooth surfaces will “catch up” with the whitening process and help to camouflage the white spots.
To protect your teeth over the long term, especially if you are undergoing orthodontic treatment, ask your dentist about getting a prescription written for fluoride. It will be stronger than what is available over the counter and help prevent demineralization before it ever starts.
Posted on behalf of:
Gold Hill Dentistry
2848 Pleasant Road #104
Fort Mill, York County, South Carolina 29708
Look at your smile. While our teeth are supposed to be generally the same color across their entire surface, changes in our health, oral hygiene, or even development can cause discolorations like white spots to occur. White spots are a common side effect of what happens if a small amount of plaque is left in an area for an extended period of time, but other factors may come into play as well. These scarred areas typically remain ad white spot discolorations for the remaining life of the tooth unless your dentist addresses it cosmetically.
Some patients get optimal results from a professional whitening treatment. Initially the white spot will lighten quicker than the surrounding enamel, but even out as the other enamel surfaces brighten in color.
Depending on the size and depth of the white spot lesion it might be possible to buff the area out, remineralize it, or cover it with a cosmetic restoration. Removing white spot lesions can be especially challenging and depending on the patient it can take one, two, or even three short appointments before you get the results that you really want. Your dentist can give you an idea of the remineralization treatment and what you can expect.
Cosmetic treatments like bonding or veneers can permanently cover a variety of lesions. They are made to match the surrounding enamel without anyone being able to tell that they are even there.
To help prevent white spots from happening, ask your dentist for a prescription strength fluoride and customized oral hygiene plan. Pinpointing areas of concern can limit your risk or help reverse the development of white spots when they first begin to form.
Posted on behalf of:
Carolina Comfort Dental
5511 Raeford Rd #255
Fayetteville, NC 28304
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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