Braces are intended to improve your appearance as well as your oral health and can be used to align teeth at any age.  While it may seem that braces are used by orthodontists for mostly children and teens, adult braces are pretty common. There are many options available for braces these days.

While wearing braces for people of any age is a common thing, for some patients braces take some time to get used to.  But the results of this type of orthodontic device can deliver confidence, easier chewing and a better appearance.  There are things that the wearer must be aware of.  One of those that are common for those who wear braces is the occurrence of white spots on their teeth.

What Are These White Spots and What Causes Them?

Those unsightly white stains on the teeth of wearers of braces are simply caused by the loss of minerals and appear right under the enamel of the tooth.  This process is called demineralization.  The white spots, also termed white spot lesions, are often caused by bacteria and sugars in the mouth.  Acidic drinks like soft drinks and some juices can also cause them.   Sugary foods, candy and any materials left in the mouth after eating can cause the plaque that causes white spots.

How Do I Prevent White Spots While Wearing Dental Braces?

These tips apply to anyone seeking good oral health, but it is particularly important to those wearing braces to follow them. The first thing you can do is to avoid acidic and sugary treats and drinks.  If you should partake in them, ensure that you brush carefully and thoroughly immediately after.  This might require carrying around a dental care pack with you.

You should also follow these tips:

  • Brush your teeth regularly
  • Use dental threaders to assist in using dental floss effectively
  • Use a Waterpik to fight materials before they can cause plaque

Ask us, the dental team at the office of Stephen A. Coates, DDS about a fluoride application or sealant.

How Do I Treat the White Spots On My Teeth? 

If you find that you have white spots on your teeth, you shouldn’t worry too much.  White spots on the teeth found after braces have been removed, often resolve themselves.  If intervention is needed to restore the natural color to your teeth, you do have options:

  • Re-Mineralization – You would use a cream, toothpaste or gel. GC MI Paste is one product that you can get through your dentist and it has shown excellent results.
  • Teeth Whitening – A whitening system can get you back to a bright smile but may make the white spots even brighter so talk with your dentist.
  • Discuss caries infiltration and laser treatments with your orthodontist

If you are unsure what options are best for you, make an appointment to visit our dental office in Long Beach, CA. Dr. Coates and his experienced team will help find for you the best dental care solution for your needs.

Call us now to make an appointment at 562-434-6414 or request an appointment here.