DECALCIFICATION SPOTS

What are these white spots on my teeth?

A very common problem that can occur while a patient has braces is in the formation of white spots during treatment. When the braces are removed, some patients will have white spots and they wonder why they are there. Some patients are surprises and shouldn't be. Your orthodontist watches and warns when white spots are forming. The white spots are the decalcified areas of the teeth where the plaque was allowed to stay for long periods of time. You will hear your orthodontist say over and over again to keep your teeth clean, brush and floss.

What can be done to prevent white spots from developing?

A simple way to help relieve the problem is by practicing good oral hygiene. This means brushing 2-3 times a day and flossing daily. This benefits your teeth in 2 ways: The first is that the action of brushing is going to help normalize the apperance of your teeth so that the bright white spots start to fade, the second way is by removing any bacteria that could eaily get into the demineralized areas and cause more damage or staining. Flossing is important because it getrs more of the bacteria off of your teeth. Be aggressive. Do a good inspection after you brush. Look at your teeth. If you see anything on your teeth, it is either plaque or food. Take your toothbrush that you just used and remove it. Besides using a regular tooth brush you can also use an electric toothbrush. Waterpiks are good at removing plaque as well as an electric oothbrush.

What can be done about the white spots?

Ask your orthodontist for GC MI Paste. GC MI Paste specifically formulated paste that remineralizes the enamel. One of the most common ways to remove white spots on teeth after braces is through a process known as

re-mineralization. This technique is effective because it directly addresses the problem causing the spots in the first place. The paste contains the mineral that the bacteria have removed from your teeth. Your teeth will reabsorb those mernal rebuilding the area. Over time, re-mineralization can cause the spots to face or could remove them completely depending on your indiviual situation.