Every patient greatly anticipates the day they get their braces removed, however, having your braces removed only to discover white spots can quickly bring that excitement to an end. Though white spots after braces are a common occurrence, they can heavily impact the appearance of your newly-straightened teeth, not to mention how easily avoidable these white spots are. In short, the last thing patients want to see is numerous white spots on their teeth after a long orthodontic treatment.
At Kraus Orthodontics in Allen, we love seeing the smiles on patients’ faces when their braces are removed. Unfortunately, that smile doesn’t last when white spots are a factor. In an effort to help patients prevent white spots after braces, we’ve laid out effective tips to practice throughout treatment so you can have the teeth you desire when your braces come off. First, let’s take a look at what causes these spots.
White Spots after Braces: What’s the Cause?
To put it simply, the white spots on teeth that often form during orthodontic treatment are caused by poor oral care. These white spots, called lesions, are caused by dental plaque and are actually the beginnings of cavities. They appear when acids from the plaque begin to remove minerals from your tooth’s surface and leave a weaker, more frail structure. This alters the way in which the tooth reflects light.
Typically forming in areas that are hard to reach with your toothbrush, white spot lesions are most common between the gums and brackets, along the gumline. This shows just how important caring for teeth and gums is when adding braces in the mouth. In fact, 24% of teens without braces are prone to white spots, whereas 50% of teens with braces run the risk of developing them. Clearly, proper oral care is essential.
7 Tips to Prevent White Spots after Braces
Because white spots after braces are a result of poor oral hygiene, it’s essential you take proper care of your teeth throughout orthodontic treatment. With the right care, white spots can be easily avoided. Take a look below to see how you can prevent them:
- Brush twice a day for 2 minutes
- Use proxy brushes to reach areas your toothbrush can’t (between brackets and under wires)
- Rinse with mouthwash containing fluoride
- Use an electronic toothbrush
- Floss regularly (at least once a day)
- Get professional dental cleanings during treatment
- Avoid harmful foods
Extra Sealant Layer
Additionally, Dr. Kraus and his team place an extra layer of sealant designed to protect against the formation of these white spots. While it doesn’t lessen the need for regular brushing and flossing, the sealants are an added degree of protection that most orthodontists don’t use but are commonplace at Kraus Orthodontics.
Perfect Your Teeth with Kraus Orthodontics!
By practicing the hygiene tips listed above, visiting your dentist regularly throughout treatment, and having the extra sealant layer placed on your teeth, you can avoid the white spots that often result from orthodontic treatment. When the day comes for you have your braces removed, you’ll be much more satisfied to see a stunning smile free of white spots!