Traditional braces are the most reliable type of braces among the other orthodontic braces options. Its metal brackets and wires make it possible for the dental appliance to fix even the most severe teeth and bite issues compared to the other types of braces. However, one of the consequences of wearing traditional braces is its aftermath, the white-spots that reside on the teeth after the brackets were removed. Because the bonding material that glues the bracket to each tooth are airtight, white marks commonly appear around the braces and along the gum line after the braces were detached.
We at New Dental Images offers Invisalign treatment for patients who want to correct, align, and straighten their smiles, teeth, and bites without the worries of getting white-spots after the procedure. Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign is made of clear plastic aligners and use no metal brackets and wires. It is highly invisible making it ideal for someone who wants to have a more low key and less noticeable braces experience.
Chalky white patches on the teeth characterize white spots. Although many people believe that orthodontic braces mainly caused this, the truth is, plaque build-up also caused these white spots. The white spot appears when the acid generated by plaque removed minerals from the tooth surface and change the way it reflects light. Braces are not directly the primary cause of having white spots, but it can complicate the process of plaque removal.
White spots can be experienced by people with or without braces, having poor oral hygiene. Still, it can be prevented by thorough oral cleaning and proper brushing techniques. When wearing braces, brushing could be tricky. Make sure to focus on the areas that are blocked by brackets wires. Place the toothbrush underneath the wire and start with a gentle stroke. Aside from regular brushing, there are other ways to get rid of the white spots while wearing braces:
Choose the right food. Sugary and acidic food and beverages such as sodas, candies, and even ice creams can damage and discolors the tooth enamel. When drinking any of these, make sure to use a drinking straw or swish the mouth after with water. Always hydrate with water. It does not only give a lot of benefits to the overall health but also helps in uplifting dental health by washing away acid-producing foods from the mouth.
Always use oral care products with fluoride content. Fluoride helps the tooth enamel resist from decalcification or white spots. When choosing a toothpaste or a bottle of mouthwash always look for the main ingredient, fluoride.
Use an electric toothbrush. Compared to manual toothbrushes, the electric toothbrush is more effective in removing plaque around the mouth.
Visit the dentist. Stubborn white spots may be hard to treat at home. The dentist can perform the different procedure such as microabrasion, veneers, or cosmetic bonding that removes, replace, and covers damaged enamel.
Feel confident and healthy with your teeth! New Dental Images is happy to be of service to our patients for their Invisalign needs in Elk Grove. We are located at 9275 E. Stockton Blvd, #200 Elk Grove, CA 95624.