Are you self-conscious about white spots on your teeth? They are aesthetically unpleasant, but they can also compromise your oral health and affect your confidence. You don’t have to feel insecure about your smile or place your teeth at risk of complications. Your cosmetic dentist can address white spots on teeth to give you the beautiful smile you desire.
What Causes White Spots on Teeth?
White blemishes on teeth are often caused by decalcification, also known as demineralization. It occurs when calcium and phosphorus are removed from the tooth structure, typically resulting from acids formed by bacteria. The process causes bacteria to dissolve your enamel, creating chalky white spots on your teeth. Unfortunately, no amount of brushing will remove the imperfections. Only a trained dental professional can remove them after identifying the cause. Although every situation differs, the most common causes of white spots result from:
An overgrowth of harmful oral bacteria can occur in highly acidic environments. The foods and drinks you consume can increase bacteria growth, causing plaque buildup and spots on your teeth.
Too Much Fluoride
Fluoride is known as “nature’s cavity fighter” because it strengthens enamel to make it more resistant to decay. While fluoride is safe, too much can cause a condition called enamel hypoplasia. It’s a defect of the enamel that occurs while a child’s teeth are still developing, which means it can affect their permanent teeth.
Your teeth require adequate calcium to stay strong and healthy. If your diet lacks calcium, it can lead to white spots. Besides insufficient calcium, eating highly acidic foods can also create the flaws because certain foods can trigger acid reflux, which is known to break down enamel.
Treating White Spots on Teeth
Your cosmetic dentist can treat the color discrepancies using a personalized treatment plan, which can include:
A microabrasion treatment uses special dental instruments to remove white spots. It produces results similar to teeth whitening, but it is done mechanically instead of chemically.
Hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide can whiten your enamel to make white spots less noticeable. You can enjoy lasting results with the right aftercare, like committing to your oral hygiene.
A veneer is a thin shell applied to the front surface of a tooth to improve its color, size, and shape. It can cover white spots, as well as several other aesthetic concerns when bonded to the teeth most visible when smiling, like chips and gaps.
Invest in a Stunning Smile
White spots don’t have to be the focal point of your smile. Your cosmetic dentist can resolve your concerns to reveal a bright, beautiful smile you’ll be proud to share with the world.
About Dr. Kevin Dann
Dr. Dann earned his dental degree from the University of Toronto and has completed advanced training in many specialties, like dental implants and cosmetic dentistry. He is an active member of various professional organizations, including the Ontario Dental Association. If you’re ready to invest in your best smile, contact our office today to request your consultation.