A very common problem that can occur while a patient has braces is the formation of white spots during treatment and it is always a bit disappointing to find that your teeth are marked with chalky white patches after your braces are removed.
Can I prevent it?
What if I have them already? Can I make them disappear?
- The first step is to improve your oral hygiene with meticulous brushing in order to give some time (around 6 months) to the enamel to re-mineralize the affected tooth surfaces. All white spots improve some with time and minor ones may disappear altogether.
- After 6 months our dentist can give you low concentration fluoride rinses and remineralization pastes that can be used in order to improve further the appearance of white spots.
- Alternatively, bleaching, as it lightens the enamel, can make white spots to blend in better and actually improve as the effects of the bleaching wear off.
- A newer technique, known as “caries infiltration,” involves injecting a liquid tooth-colored resin, which has optical properties closer to natural enamel, beneath the surface enamel in the area of the white spot. This makes the spot less opaque and more translucent like normal enamel.
- For more severe problems, your dentist may perform microabrasion (removing superficial white spots), cosmetic bonding (replacing damaged enamel), or place porcelain veneers (covering badly damaged surfaces).