Causes and Solutions for White Spots on Teeth

March 14, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Alan Sasson @ 5:34 pm

Woman covering her mouth with her handTooth discoloration isn’t the only reason people turn to teeth whitening. White spots on teeth are also a common concern and can occur for many reasons. Although teeth whitening can improve the appearance of stains and discoloration, it can make existing white spots more noticeable. Don’t worry. Your cosmetic dentist will create a personalized treatment plan to correct the issue, depending on the underlying cause.

Causes of White Spots on Teeth

Several factors can contribute to white spots on teeth. The most common culprits include:

  • Diet: Acidic foods can break down your tooth enamel, which can lead to discoloration. Diets high in sugar create an acidic plaque that can cause tooth discoloration. No amount of brushing can reverse decay or enamel loss.
  • Fluorosis: Fluoride is a natural solution to strengthen enamel to make it more resistant to cavities. Although it is beneficial, too much fluoride can cause fluorosis, which causes white spots. They are cosmetic issues that don’t affect your dental health.
  • Enamel Hypoplasia: Teeth can have defects that can affect the enamel, like white blemishes. It can be a genetic issue, caused by antibiotics and other factors. 
  • Plaque: Poor oral hygiene can cause plaque buildup. This is often common with inadequate brushing and flossing while wearing braces.
  • Braces: Traditional braces rely on brackets and wires to move teeth. Poor oral hygiene can cause staining around the brackets. Once they are removed, the area underneath the brackets can be lighter.

Treating White Spots on Teeth

White spots don’t have to be the focal point of your smile. Your cosmetic dentist will examine your mouth to determine the source of the issue. They’ll create a personalized treatment plan, which may include:

  • Teeth Whitening: Teeth whitening can help even out the color of your teeth, but it isn’t the right option for everyone. Teeth can get dramatically whiter with results that can last for many months or years with the correct care, like brushing and flossing.
  • Direct Bonding: A composite resin can be used to resolve defects, like decay, pits, or grooves. Your dentist can also use the material to cover white spots. It’s a quick, convenient solution that looks natural. 
  • Veneers: A veneer is a thin shell that covers the front side of a tooth. Bonding them to the teeth that show when you smile can fix many issues at once, like stains, chips, and gaps.

Your cosmetic dentist will create a picture-perfect smile to be proud of. You’ll never have to worry about white spots on your teeth again.

About Dr. Avi Shainhouse

Dr. Shainhouse is a board-certified periodontist, specializing in oral and dental surgical procedures. He achieved his dental degree from the University of Western Ontario and has continued his education in many specialties, like dental implants and cosmetic dentistry. Request an appointment through his website or call his office at (617) 274-8528.

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