One of the most common questions people ask is, “How do I prevent white spots on my teeth once my braces come off?” Before answering that question, it’s important to differentiate between white spots caused by braces and other types of white spots. White spots on the teeth can be a cause of genetics, nutrition, or excessive intake of fluoride. Sometimes there is nothing much you can do to avoid these types of white spots. However, good oral habits and a healthy diet are the most predictable ways to avoid white spots.
Orthodontic white spot lesions appear as ‘little white cavities’ that negatively impact your smile. The spots are the result of plaque buildup on the teeth, which causes decalcification, or loss of hard minerals.
Treating the white spots on teeth from braces
We know the importance of having a perfect smile. Luckily with a combination of in-office and at-home steps, one can prevent the white spots.
- Keep Your Teeth Clean – Daily flossing and brushing a minimum of two times prevents plaque buildup between the teeth and brackets.
- Use Extra Fluoride – Using in-office fluoride varnish to coat each tooth, helps protect the teeth, and rebuild the enamel. Fluoride Varnish can be reapplied as per need throughout orthodontic treatment.
- Use an Electric Toothbrush – Electric toothbrushes provide additional vibration, which helps loosen plaque, making it easier to clean your teeth. Some companies even make toothbrush heads for braces that can drastically improve the way you brush your teeth.
- Use a Water Flosser – Another awesome way of preventing white spot is using a water flosser. It helps remove the plaque and debris between teeth and below the gum line, where it’s hard to reach with traditional brushing and flossing.
Please call Sair Dental Group at 832.924.2666 if your questions have about white spots or any braces-related question, we’ll be more than happy to assist you.