White spots on teeth can occur for a multitude of reasons … some are unpreventable while others occur due to external factors that can be resolved. A consultation with your dentist will demonstrate the ways you can treat those white spots or tooth discoloration.
Teeth actually form in the womb. Genetics play a role in a variety of ways; and teeth are no exception. Many dental abnormalities are a result of the gene pool and are unpreventable. But that does not mean white spots are untreatable.
White spots on dental enamel can be the result of a mineral imbalance. Or the consumption of excessive fluoride can produce this dental stain. One might wonder how you can take too much fluoride – it’s not from drinking too much water. Fluoride supplements are not always needed unless you live in an area where you rely on well or bottled water as your primary source of H2O. City water has been fluoridated in most areas for more than half a century.
White spots on teeth can be an indication you are experiencing active dental decay. Many patients who wear dental braces for an extended period of time might have white spots seen when the braces are removed.
Stained dental enamel can be treated in a multitude of ways. If spots are due to extrinsic conditions, teeth whitening might be the solution.
If spots are small, your dentist might recommend dental bonding. A tooth colored resin material is used to blend away discoloration. It is permanently bonded to teeth making this a long term solution.
If many teeth are involved or staining is severe eliminating whitening or bonding, the patient may wish to undergo a smile makeover using dental veneers. Veneers are wafer thin porcelain shells that are made to match your natural teeth in shape, size, and coloring.
Our dental team can provide a diagnosis and a solution for patients wishing to eliminate dental white spots. Once resolved, brush and floss daily; and see your dentist every six months to maintain excellent oral health.