Do Orthodontic Braces Cause White Spots on Teeth?



Orthodontic braces can do wonders when it comes to aligning a patient’s bite. An aligned bite can not only add to the brilliance of the patient’s smile, but can help them to eat and speak better. However, the patient who wears braces need to take special care of their oral health. There are some foods, like sticky candies, that he or she will need to avoid and they have to brush and floss with great care to make sure that bits of food are not stuck in the brackets and wires of the braces.


Special Care Needed

Children who’ve been fitted with braces must be taught how to care for their teeth during the time they wear the devices, which can be up to two years. The patient also needs to keep regular appointments with his or her orthodontist, even if everything seems to be going well. On the other hand, the patient should see their Fresno orthodontist right away if something goes wrong, like a broken bracket or a broken wire or if they have excessive pain.
If oral hygiene is neglected, it can lead to problems. One of them is white spots left on teeth.

What to Do When You Have White Spots

Orthodontic braces don’t have to cause white spots on the teeth, but proper care can make them less likely.
The white spots that appear on patient’s teeth after the braces come off are the result of the breakdown of the tooth’s enamel. The acid in plaque leaches minerals from the enamel and causes the spots. Plaque is a film of bacteria that sticks to the tooth when it’s not brushed thoroughly. White spots are one of the first things that happen before an actual cavity appears in the tooth.

Children, especially boys, tend to get white spots more readily than other patients who wear braces.

Some ways to prevent white spots include:

• Using fluoride prescribed by the orthodontist

• Using an electric toothbrush

• Using special tablets that reveal plaque on the teeth

• Using flossers that have been pre-threaded

The good news about white spots is that most of them don’t grow or need restoration.

If the spots don’t go away, the orthodontist can remineralize the teeth. Sometimes, all this takes is brushing with special toothpastes or even chewing sugar free gum. Another way to treat white spots is microabrasion. In microabrasion, a mixture of pumice and hydrochloric acid are applied with a tool till the white spot is gone.

In more severe cases of spotting, the orthodontist can fit the tooth with porcelain veneers or repair it with composite bonding or resin infiltration.

About Nalchajian Orthodontics 

Nalchajian Orthodontics has long experience in treating misaligned bites for patients who live and work in the Fresno and Clovis areas. The orthodontists are board certified. They and their staff treat all patients, from the youngest to the oldest, with sensitivity and compassion. For more information, call the Fresno Orthodontist office at (559) 432-7100 or the Clovis Orthodontist office at (559) 299-9561.


Nalchajian Orthodontics – 7501 N Fresno St, Suite 105, Fresno, CA 93720

Phone: (559) 432 7100

Do Orthodontic Braces Cause White Spots on Teeth?

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