White Spot Reversal
What are white spots?
White spot lesions are most commonly caused by imperfections in the enamel when teeth are being formed. Because of this defect part of the tooth reflects light differently, which gives the appearance of a 'white spot'. Typically teeth with this type of blemish are considered healthy and don't need a filling, they just don't look as nice as they could.
White spot lesions can be also be the result of decalcification of the tooth surface caused by bacteria. We consider this type of lesion to be the start of a cavity. However, with proper treatment it may be possible to remineralize the tooth and actually reverse the decay process!
Unfortunately, we often see these white spots on people who wear braces, especially teenagers. The brackets and wires associated with braces may make thorough brushing of the entire tooth difficult. As a result the areas that aren't properly cleaned on a regular basis are more susceptible to decay, which starts off looking like a white spot. It is important to maintain regular cleaning appointments when wearing braces.
How are white spot lesions repaired?
If you're wearing braces and notice white spots developing please schedule an appointment so we can work with you to help keep your teeth as clean and healthy as possible.
If the white spot was caused by defective enamel there are a series of steps we can go thru to help blend it in with the surrounding tooth surface. For mild cases we may be able to get noticeable results with custom trays you use at home with take home products. More involved cases are treated in our office. The process is minimally invasive and doesn't involve any drilling! Both the at-home and in-office techniques are considered to be cosmetic procedures.
A white spot caused by decalcification is of more concern and should be treated right away. We may be able to remineralize the white spot similar to the cosmetic process, or your doctor may decide the best solution is to place a small filling before the lesion gets worse.
If you are interested in reversing white spot lesions and would like to discuss your situation with one of our doctors please call (414) 253-1669 to schedule an appointment. We're here to help!