Some people develop white spots on their teeth while they are wearing braces. If you are diligent about keeping your teeth clean during your treatment, you are less likely to develop these spots. However, these spots are fairly common. If you develop them, your dentist can treat them.
What Causes White Spots After Removing Braces?
After orthodontic treatment, many people discover white spots on their teeth. These white spots usually develop around the brackets that have been cemented to your teeth during your treatment. They occur because plaque builds up around the brackets. This plaque is the same substance that causes cavities. Under normal conditions, you remove most of it when you brush your teeth. While you’re wearing braces, it’s harder to remove.
During your orthodontic treatment, your teeth are more difficult to clean because of the brackets and wires in your mouth. Normal brushing and flossing will miss much of the plaque that builds up, leaving it to accumulate around the brackets. The best way to prevent or minimize your chances of developing white spots is to brush after every meal with a soft-bristled toothbrush, floss regularly, and make use of any special tools our orthodontist supplies to facilitate cleaning around your braces. Using a mouthwash with fluoride can also help.
During your orthodontic treatment, your teeth are more difficult to clean because of the brackets and wires in your mouth.
Treating White Spots
If you do discover white spots on your teeth, your dentist can help reduce their appearance. Teeth whitening is a common treatment. Whitening will lighten your tooth enamel so the white spots are less noticeable. However, the whitening treatment will also lighten the white spots. In general, treatment does reduce the contrast between the white spots and the other tooth enamel.
Remineralization can also help treat these unwanted spots. Your dentist can apply special products designed to strengthen these areas of the teeth, which will also regularize the coloration. Another possible treatment is microabrasion, in which very small layers of enamel are removed, taking the white spots with them. In very severe cases, bonding or veneers might be necessary.
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