White Spots and Orthodontic Treatment

Perhaps one of the most prevalent myths about traditional braces is that they leave white marks on your teeth.  These white spots are the first sign of a cavity might be forming.  Fortunately, these white marks are preventable.  As your Squamish orthodontist specializing in braces and Invisalign treatments, here is more information about white marks and what you can do to prevent them.

Causes

White marks on your teeth are caused by decalcification.  In other words, these white spots develop from a build up of plaque which strips the minerals from your teeth.  Plaque build up occurs when you do not do a complete job of cleaning your teeth.  Diets high in acidic food also contribute to the development of white spots.  Luckily, the white spots are preventable with the right advice and thorough dental hygiene schedule.

Prevention

The easiest and most effective way to prevent white marks from developing around your braces is to adhere to a strict dental hygiene plan and reduce acidic foods, especially soft drinks and sweets, in your diet.  When you do eat, be sure to immediately follow these simple steps:

  • Brush your teeth, or use a fluoridated mouthwash, after every meal and snack if possible.
  • Use a fluoridated toothpaste as fluoride is a proven way to help strengthen tooth enamel.
  • Floss at least once day. Use a flosser to get between the wires and braces where food and plaque may build up and lead to white spots and tooth decay.
  • Use a fluoridated mouthwash before bed to remove any food particles and help rebuild weakened areas of enamel.
  • Keep up with your regular orthodontic and dentist visits.

Set your goal

Although the brace routine may seem arduous and never ending, it is important to keep in mind that there is an end goal of straight teeth and a beautiful smile for the rest of your life.  Regardless of whether or not your orthodontic treatment is with braces or Invisalign be sure to follow the advice of your orthodontist, always wear your retainer, and keep up with your dental checkups.  When that day finally comes and you are finished with your orthodontic treatment (and it will be here sooner than you think), you want the result to be a smile that is free of white marks.

If you have any other questions about how you can prevent white marks or decalcification or are interested in seeing what type of orthodontic treatment is right for you, please feel free to contact us.  I look forward to seeing you and getting you on your way to a straight and beautiful smile.