White spots on your teeth are certainly no fun. They can range from a barely noticeable annoyance to an embarrassing obstacle that keeps you from smiling and enjoying yourself properly. The good news is you don’t have to suffer from them permanently. There are some simple ways you can begin to address the white spots on your teeth and greatly improve your smile satisfaction.
First- The Why
It can help to understand why you develop white spots on your teeth as you seek to treat them. There are several underlying reasons that can cause white spots on the teeth; some are easier to control for than others. Very young children who are exposed to extremely high levels of fluoride while their teeth are developing can have white or brownish spots called fluorosis. In older children, teen, and adults, the spots are generally areas where minerals have been stripped away, leaving weakened enamel, called demineralization.
Demineralization itself has multiple possible causes. Frequently, white spots can be found after braces are removed. They can be related to diet, either through a malabsorption condition like celiac disease, poor nutrition choices that leave you deficient in minerals, or highly acid conditions in your mouth that strip away the enamel that make up the tooth surface. They also can be caused by poor dental hygiene—poor techniques and habits that allow acid-rich tartar to build up and strip away the minerals from the tooth surface.
Next- The How
1. Improve oral care habits
Sometimes, a very mild case of white spots that occurs right after braces are removed can be alleviated by improving oral care habits in general. Proper and regular brushing with a high-quality toothpaste and flossing, particularly when combined with chewing gum designed for oral health, can improve the look of minor white spots over time. At the very least, it can keep current white spot lesions from getting worse and keep new ones from appearing. It bears mentioning that an ounce of prevention really is worth a pound of cure here. Excellent oral hygiene while wearing braces can keep white spots from ever appearing.
2. Use a remineralizing toothpaste
The minerals that are missing from your teeth need to be added back to strengthen and remove the look of white spots. Toothpastes that contain fluoride alone can add some mineral strength back to teeth, but they also can leave those white spots looking brownish. However, a toothpaste with nano hydroxyapatite contains the minerals that are missing from your teeth. Bio-identical minerals can build strength and beauty when added to your teeth.
3. Visit your dentist
Although not as simple as at-home treatment of white spots, your dentist can fill white spots with resin like that used for tooth-colored fillings. This procedure provides immediate cosmetic improvement. However, it may be much more expensive and invasive than treating spots at home. It does provide immediate strength and cosmetic improvement.
Regardless of the method you choose to improve the look of your smile, treating white spot lesions can greatly increase your satisfaction with your teeth.