Recently, the dental industry has witnessed a rise in the popularity of orthodontic treatments. The reasons for the shift are numerous, involving an increase in the availability and cost-effectiveness of dental treatment. Furthermore, the newer methods of providing dental care tend to negate the visual evidence. However, traditional braces maintain their status as the most common form of dental care. These appliances are a tried-and-true method for correcting a misaligned smile. They’re also a common culprit in creating white-spot lesions during treatment.
The general cause of white spot lesions is demineralization in the enamel area. The name originates from the cloudy white lesions formed on the teeth. These white spots indicate that tooth decay has been occurring, and this demineralization makes the enamel weaker, making it more susceptible to the advance of decay. Regular wear and tear can damage the enamel with far more ease. Braces have been found to lead to the formation of these lesions due to the struggle of cleaning around them.
Removing these lesions is difficult but not impossible; you can make substantial steps in addressing these lesions with a consistent and thought through dental care plan in your home. However, often more is needed to address the issue independently. One should always combine this hygiene plan with regular visits to the dentist. They will be able to provide treatments and approaches that will strengthen the enamel and stop the advance of decay. Some of these available treatments include:
These four methods are effective treatments a dentist can use to address white spot lesions.
Get in contact with your dentist if you are concerned about the impacts white spot lesions can have on your oral health and appearance. They’ll provide a comprehensive exam and assist you to formulate a treatment plan to address these concerns.