DO YOU HAVE WHITE SPOTS ON YOUR TEETH?
Our teeth are the vital part of our smile and our smile is the element which exudes our confidence and vibrant nature. Healthy white teeth are inevitably the most attractive part of the face. Having white spots or discoloration of the teeth creates an unavoidable blotch on the beauty of our smile.
Numerous causes can be listed out for these unattractive spots. Few of them are:
- Fluorosis: Although fluoride is necessary for our teeth to prevent the occurrence of caries, excess fluoride ingestion through water or supplements can be detrimental for the teeth. This causes developmental issues in the enamel which leads to chalky white spots on the teeth, ranging from mild to severe lesions.
- Enamel hypoplasia: Discoloration can also occur when a carious milk teeth directly comes in contact with the tooth bud of the permanent teeth. The developmental disturbance inhibits the enamel formation hence causing demineralized region on the teeth.
- Caries : Accumulation of plaque on the teeth causes the growth of bacteria which in turn produce acids causing the demineralization of teeth.
Treatment of white spots.
Remedy for these blemishes on your teeth range from a simple micro-abrasion to invasive veneers, depending on the severity of the lesion.
Micro-abrasion technique removes the porous surface enamel layer, as well as the entrapped stains, by rubbing a gel that contains an acid and an abrasive compound in a similar way that a dental prophylaxis with pumice and water is performed. It is the first option for the management of teeth with intrinsic stains because it removes opaque, brown stains and smoothens surface irregularities by providing a more regular and lustrous surface. As the technique is safe and minimally invasive, it can also be combined with tooth bleaching when necessary.
Teeth whitening is a much sought after cosmetic procedure which involves the use of different concentrations of hydrogen peroxide gels to bleach the teeth. Tooth whitening can be done in the dentist’s office or at home. In-office whitening allows your dentist to use a more powerful whitening gel. A specialized light or laser activates the gel and allows bleaching to happen faster. Whitening is unlikely to cause serious side effects, although some people’s teeth may become more sensitive for a short while.
Veneers are minimal invasive ceramic restorations. It is a “thin piece of porcelain used to re-create the natural look of teeth, while also providing strength and resilience comparable to natural tooth enamel. Veneers can be used to close gaps or correct small misalignments. Patients also choose veneers as a cosmetic solution to enhance the brightness of their teeth and to straighten their smile, correcting issues like discoloration, fractures, or chips.
If you have those unattractive blotches on your teeth, visit your dentist and get rid of them soon! Keep smiling.!