White Spots Reversal
White spots on the teeth can distract from a stunning smile. The spots can be off-white, yellow or light brown areas on the surface that can make your teeth look mottled or spotted. Prairie Village, KS dentist Dr. Smith can reverse white spots and make your teeth look flawlessly brilliant.
Why Do I Have White Spots on My Teeth?
White spots (also known as hypocalcification or enamel hypoplasia) are areas of decalcified enamel. The enamel is normally translucent all throughout, but lack of calcium can make certain areas white and opaque. White spots can be a sign of cavity formation and can lead to tooth deterioration. White spots can be caused by genetics, nutrition, excessive fluoride (fluorosis) or dental work (spots sometimes appear after braces are removed). Spots may also appear in developing teeth.
White Spots and Excessive Fluoride
People who drink water with high levels of fluoride may experience white spots on their teeth. Excessive fluoride leads to teeth deterioration and mottling.
Braces and White Spots
It can be difficult to brush and floss properly if you’re wearing metal braces. You may not notice it while you’re wearing your braces, but after the appliance is taken out, the plaque build-up is evident through the decalcified white spots.
White Spot Treatment
Depending on the severity of the problem, your dentist in Prairie Village, KS may reverse white spots with teeth bleaching, cosmetic fillings, dental bonding, porcelain or crowns. Bleaching can restore the enamel’s uniform color if the spots are shallow, but deeper lesions need fillings. Proper oral hygiene is also important, including daily brushing and flossing. Dr. Smith may recommend mouth rinses and special toothpaste for added protection.