[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]White spots can form around braces creating a square shape when the braces are removed. This patient had poor oral hygiene during braces treatment resulting inÂ damagedÂ enamel.
WHITE SPOTS AND BRACES
White spots can appear during and after orthodontic treatment with braces. Â TheyÂ canÂ appear under and around the braces and are more opaque (whiter/brighter) than healthy enamel.Â
What are white spots from braces? What causes white spots?
White spots are caused by decalcification of toothÂ enamelÂ which is the first stage of a cavity.Â Â WhenÂ food and plaque sit for long periodsÂ on and around theÂ teeth andÂ braces, itÂ attracts bacteria. Â These bacteria then produce acid which eats away at the enamelÂ leading to decalcification.Â Â When enamel becomes decalcified, it is weakened, and the damaged area forms a white spot. Â Poor oral hygiene, especially with braces, greatly increases the risk of developing white spots.
How can you prevent white spots from occurring with braces?
1. Â Eat a dietÂ low in sugar and acid
- Drink water instead of soda
- Limit your snackingÂ between meals
- Avoid eating sticky and sugary foods, such as candy
2. Â BrushÂ and flossÂ teeth regularly to prevent build-up ofÂ foodÂ aroundÂ braces and teeth
- Brush at least twice (2x) per day, ideally after every meal. Â If youÂ donâ€™t have access to a toothbrush during the day, at least rinse your mouth out with water
- Floss your teeth at least once (1x) per day
- Use a toothpaste with fluorideÂ
Fortunately, if you follow these guidelines, whiteÂ spots are a 100% preventable.Â When you start your orthodontic treatment at Papasikos Orthodontics in Montclair, NJ, we give you specialized tools and training to helpÂ keep your teeth clean and free ofÂ white spots.Â
Electric tooth brush (Oral-B or Sonicare): Â We give every patient an electric toothbrush when they start treatment at our office in Montclair, NJ. Â Electric toothbrushes are much more efficient at removingÂ plaque from teeth.Â Â Â
Fluoride Products:Â Every patient gets a prescription strength toothpaste (Prevident5000) which contains extraÂ fluoride. Fluoride helps strengthen enamel and neutralize acid in the mouth. Â Fluoride rinses such asÂ ACT Fluoride Rinse can also be used.
Waterflosser:Â For patients having difficultly flossing, we offer aÂ Waterpik which helps flush out plaque and food around the braces.
Special flossing techniques:Â We show all of our patients the proper techniques to floss underneathÂ their braces using special tools, such asÂ floss threaders.Â
Enamel Sealant:Â For patients at higher risk of developing white spots from braces, Dr. PapasikosÂ will place a special varnish material to act like a shield on the surfaces of the teeth.Â Â
We encourage you to call us at ourÂ Montclair, NJ location if you are considering getting braces and have concerns about white spots.Â We offerÂ a complimentary consultation and assessment.Â Refer to our websiteÂ for detailed videos of proper cleaning techniques for braces and Invisalign treatment.
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