How to Remove White Spots After Using Braces?

Top 5 Benefits of Using ICON Infiltration Therapy

17 June 2024

ICON Infiltration Therapy

Braces, common orthodontic treatment, aims to align and straighten teeth, enhancing both function and aesthetics. However, a common side effect observed post-treatment is the appearance of white spots on the teeth. These white spots, or white spot lesions (WSLs), can be an unwelcome surprise after the removal of braces. Understanding their causes and exploring effective treatments like ICON infiltration therapy can help mitigate this issue.

Causes of White Spots Following Braces

White spots are essentially areas of demineralisation on the enamel surface. Several factors contribute to their formation, particularly in individuals undergoing orthodontic treatment. Some causes could be:

  • Plaque Accumulation: The primary cause of white spots is plaque accumulation around the brackets and wires of braces. Plaque is a sticky film of bacteria that forms on teeth. When it is not adequately removed, it produces acids that demineralise the enamel, leading to white spots.
Plaque Accumulation
  • Poor Oral Hygiene: Braces can make oral hygiene more challenging, causing  food particles and plaque to become trapped around brackets and wires. Inadequate brushing and flossing can also increase the risk of demineralisation.
Poor Oral Hygiene
  • Dietary Factors: Consumption of sugary or acidic foods and beverages can exacerbate plaque formation and acid production, further contributing to enamel demineralisation.
Eating with Braces
  • Dry Oral Cavity: Saliva plays a crucial role in neutralising acids and remineralising the enamel. Individuals with dry mouths, whether due to medical conditions or medication, have a higher risk of developing white spots.
Dry Oral Cavity
  • Periodontal diseases –  Conditions such as periodontitis cause inflammation and destruction of the supporting structures of the teeth, including the gums. This can lead to gum recession and the formation of black triangles.

ICON Infiltration Therapy: An Effective Solution

ICON infiltration therapy offers a minimally invasive solution for treating white spots. This technique involves the infiltration of a special resin into the porous structure of demineralised enamel, effectively blending the white spots with the surrounding healthy enamel. 

Procedure Details: A Step-by-Step Guide

  1. Teeth Cleaning: The affected teeth are thoroughly cleaned to remove any plaque and debris, ensuring a clean surface for the procedure. 
  2. Etching Application: A mild acid (etching gel) is applied to the white spots to open up the pores of the demineralised enamel. This step enhances resin penetration. 
  3. ICON Liquid Resin Application: The ICON resin is applied to the etched areas. This resin infiltrates the porous enamel, filling in the demineralised regions and matching the surrounding healthy enamel. 
  4. Setting the Resin: The resin is then light-cured to harden it, ensuring it stays in place.
  5. Polishing: The final step involves polishing the treated areas to ensure a smooth and aesthetically pleasing finish.

Recommendations and Aftercare

Following ICON infiltration therapy, patients are advised to  adhere to a proper aftercare regimen to maintain the results:

  • Oral Hygiene: Maintain excellent oral hygiene by brushing twice daily with fluoride toothpaste and flossing daily to prevent future demineralisation.
  • Dietary Habits: Limit the intake of sugary and acidic foods and beverages to reduce the risk of plaque buildup and acid attacks on enamel.
  • Regular Dental Visits: Schedule regular dental check-ups and cleanings to monitor oral health and promptly address any emerging issues.
  • Use of Fluoride: Incorporate fluoride rinses or gels as recommended by your dentist to strengthen the enamel and promote remineralisation.

#5 Benefits of ICON Infiltration Therapy

Non-Invasive: Unlike other treatments that may require drilling or removal of tooth structure, ICON Infiltration Therapy is minimally invasive. It preserves the natural tooth structure while effectively treating white spots.

Painless: It is a painless procedure and does not require anaesthesia. 

Quick Treatment: The entire procedure can typically be completed in one session.

No Downtime: Patients can return to their normal activities after the procedure, as there is no recovery period required.

Lasting Results: ICON infiltration provides long-term improvement in the appearance of white spots, with results that can last between 2-6 years with fewer touch-ups needed.

Other Causes of White Spots on Teeth That Can Be Resolved by ICON Infiltration Therapy

  • Enamel Defects: Developmental enamel defects, such as hypoplasia, result in white spots or lines on the teeth due to disruptions during tooth formation.
  • Fluorosis: Excessive fluoride intake during tooth development can lead to fluorosis, which is characterised by white streaks or spots on the enamel.
  • Acid Erosion: Frequent exposure to acidic foods and drinks can cause demineralisation, leading to white spots.
  • Caries: Early-stage tooth decay can manifest as white spots on the enamel before progressing to cavities.
  • Trauma: Physical trauma to a tooth during its development can result in white spots due to disrupted enamel formation.

Picture-perfect Smiles with Neo Smiles Dental Studios

If you’re struggling with white spots on your teeth following orthodontic treatment, ICON infiltration therapy at Neo Smiles Dental Studios might be the solution you’ve been looking for. Our team of experienced professionals is committed to providing patient-centred care to help you achieve a healthy, beautiful smile. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and learn more about how ICON therapy can restore your confidence and oral health.

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