How Can You Correct White Spots on Teeth?
October 12, 2022
When you think of tooth stains, you likely imagine yellow and brown colors. After all, it’s easy to find these hues on dirty enamel. That being said, though, you may not know what to make of teeth with white spots. Unlike other discoloration, this kind isn’t talked about much. Fortunately, your Vienna dentist is here to shed light on the issue. Read on to learn the causes of white spots on teeth and how your dentist can treat them.
The Reasons Behind White Spots
Various factors can cause teeth to develop white spots. Some of them include the following:
Too Much Fluoride
When you consume too much fluoride, you’ll likely develop a condition called fluorosis. Among other things, this issue can lead to white spots on your tooth enamel.
Fluorosis usually occurs in young children, not adults. In particular, most cases result in enamel hypoplasia, an enamel defect that only happens when teeth are still developing.
As it happens, bacteria can also contribute to the marks in question. When too much of it clings to your pearly whites, your enamel suffers damage that produces white spots.
It only takes twelve to fourteen hours for plaque to build up enough to support bacteria growth.
Even certain medicines can cause white spots on teeth. For example, amoxicillin makes it easier for bacteria to eat through your enamel, thus helping the marks appear. This fact stems from how antibiotics interfere with how your body absorbs nutrients.
Among the age groups, children are the most at risk of medication impacting their tooth enamel.
How a Dentist Can Treat White Spots
Dentists have several ways to treat any white spots on your teeth. The most popular ones are:
- Teeth Whitening/Bleaching: The whitening process can reduce the appearance of white spots and other stains. Thanks to its unique bleaching gel, then, your teeth will shine just as before!
- Dental Bonding: A dentist can apply composite resin if your white spots are due to fluorosis. That way, they could fill in any cavities and bond your teeth’s outer enamel.
- Porcelain Veneers: Veneers are thin, porcelain shells covering teeth’s fronts. White spots are included among the smile flaws they can hide. As a bonus, their porcelain material helps them blend seamlessly with your other teeth.
In the end, white spots on teeth aren’t too big a deal. Once you know their cause, you can see a dentist for treatments like those mentioned above.
About the Author
Dr. Alex Naini is a cosmetic dentist practicing in Vienna, VA, having earned her dental degree from the University of Maryland’s Dental School. She’s also a member of the Academy of General Dentistry and the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. Her specialties are preventive, cosmetic, and restorative treatments, as well as emergency dental care. Dr. Naini currently practices at Aesthetic Dental Spa and is reached on her website or by phone at (810)-235-5422.
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