White spots can originate for various reasons … there can be a genetic basis; they can be indicative of active dental decay; there can be a mineral imbalance; excessive fluoridation can lead to tooth discoloration; or wearing dental braces can result in white marks on teeth. Your dentist can diagnose and offer suggestions to diminish the appearance of white spots on teeth.
Prevention – In many cases, white spots can be a result that occurs beyond one’s control. Genetic conditions or undiscovered mineral imbalance can lead to spotting. However, knowing what causes the white spots such as in the case of excessive fluoride exposure or wearing braces can help prevent them from occurring.
What can be done once the spots are present? Your dentist has several remedies available that vary depending on the level of discoloration and the extent of correction you wish to pursue.
Your dentist has several remedies available that vary depending on the level of discoloration and the extent of correction you wish to pursue.
- Teeth Whitening – In many cases, professional whitening in conjunction with recommended treatment might allow white spots to blend better with the rest of teeth. However, using white strips or self-whitening products is not recommended as the spots can lighten as the rest of your teeth do too.
- Dental Bonding – If spotting is small or in limited areas, dental bonding using a composite resin material can blend away marks using this tooth colored product.
- If many teeth are impacted or spotting is excessive, there are more extensive cosmetic repairs available such as dental veneers. Veneers are ultra-thin shells fabricated to match the shape and color of surrounding untreated teeth. Veneers are permanently cemented to the front of teeth that are stained giving them a makeover that is virtually undetectable.
White spots can also mean enamel decalcification has or is occurring. This is a sign of active dental decay, and requires treatment by your dentist.
Children who have dental braces removed may have the presence of white spots … this is often due to ineffective dental hygiene throughout the teeth straightening process resulting in plaque build-up.
Daily brushing and flossing coupled with visits to the dentist for a complete cleaning and dental exam will help to keep teeth and gums healthy. If white spots are obvious and bothersome, our dental team will make a recommendation on the best course of treatment to improve appearance, while repairing potential decay.