Have you noticed white spots on your teeth and wondered what they are and what you can do about them? Dr. Raj Upadya of Metropolitan Center for Complete Dentistry in East Hanover, New Jersey has a revolutionary treatment for white spots on teeth for a significant improvement in the esthetics and health of the tooth.
What causes white spots on teeth?
White spots on teeth are an indication of the demineralization of tooth enamel which may or may not lead to cavities. It is common for dentists and patients to notice white spots on teeth after orthodontic treatments. What happens during orthodontic treatment with metal braces is that food particles and other debris become trapped against the tooth and cause the tooth enamel to erode, leaving a white stain on teeth.
Other potential causes are fluorosis, hypoplasia, hypocalcification, erosion, tetracycline staining, xerostoma, and trauma. Heavy plaque accumulation, poor oral hygiene, diets high in sugar or acid (such as soda drinkers or citrus fruit eaters) may be another cause for white spots on teeth.
Treatment for White Spots on Teeth
Dr. Upadya is excited to be one of the first New Jersey dentists to offer Icon dental treatment for white spots on teeth. This is a minimally invasive technique that helps to reinforce the tooth enamel and reduce the appearance of white stains on teeth.
How Icon Dental Treatment Works:
First, Dr. Upadya covers the gums and teeth. Then, he cleans and rinses the affected teeth. Next, he applies the Icon-Etch to the tooth. This is hydrochloric acid, which he leaves on for approximately 2 minutes. After about 2 minutes, Dr. Upadya removes the etching material, rinses and dries the tooth. The etching process produces a surface that is ready to accept the icon filling treatment.
For the next part of the procedure, Dr. Upadya will apply a special Icon-Infiltrant solution to the tooth, allowing it to set before curing it with a special light. A second layer may be applied for desired results. Finally, he polishes the tooth to a smooth luster.
The Icon dental treatment results in a significant reduction in the appearance of white spots on teeth. Icon dental treatment also stops the demineralization of tooth enamel and arrests the formation of cavities.
A more extreme approach would be to disguise the white spots with dental veneers. This may be a suitable option if you have issues with many teeth or the problem exists deeper in the tooth. Porcelain veneers are popular dental restorations used by people that are unhappy with the appearance of their smile.
They are very thin shells that are secured to the front of a tooth to hide imperfections such as white spots. They are also resistant to staining, so they maintain their bright shade easier and longer than your natural enamel does.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is it normal to have spots on your teeth?
It is not normal to have many spots on your teeth, but it is not uncommon. Many people develop yellow, brown, black, or white spots on their teeth. You can prevent these spots from developing, and in many cases your dentist can cover or remove them.
What do dots on your teeth mean?
Dots on your teeth may mean a variety of things. High fluoride levels, infection, vitamin deficiency, poor oral care, or excess plaque can cause white spots. Black or brown spots may indicate cavities, decay, or poor oral hygiene.
Is black dot on the tooth a cavity?
Black spots on teeth may be a cavity but this is not always the case. Black spots can also be staining or caused by something else. If you have black staining on your teeth and are concerned about the appearance, it is a good idea to schedule an appointment with your dentist.
What can I do for white spots on teeth?
Dentists can perform enamel microabrasion on patients who have spots on their teeth. They may choose to bleach a patient’s teeth to reduce the visibility of stains or spots. Cosmetic dental veneers can cover teeth, so that no permanent staining is present.
How long does it take for white spots on teeth to go away?
White spots on teeth may take a long time to go away. Dentists estimate that the average white spot takes six years to heal entirely by itself.
Are white spots on teeth reversible?
The success of removing white spots on teeth is largely based on what caused them. Most white spots are treatable so that they are not noticeable to the naked eye.
Can teeth whitening cause white spots?
The process of teeth whitening does not cause white spots on your teeth however, it can amplify the appearance of spots that already exist. White spots are typically due to by a lack of calcium in your enamel. Whitening solutions commonly enhance white spots rather than hiding them.
Schedule a Dental Exam & Consultation
If you have white spots on teeth, contact Metropolitan Center for Complete Dentistry in East Hanover, New Jersey for a consultation with Dr. Raj Upadya. Call us at (973) 287-3153 or request an appointment online today.