As tooth decay begins to form, the demineralization could cause unsightly white spots to appear. Not only does this impact the beauty of your smile, but these areas could soon lead to tooth decay. To help treat this, we could offer Icon® infiltrant. In today’s blog, your Celina, TX, dentist talks about how to improve your smile’s appearance in one visit.
The Cause of White Spots
When the outer tooth enamel is weakened by poor oral hygiene, this could cause portions of the structure to beginning to demineralize. This means the enamel grows weak and exposes the dentin, the first step in the onset of a cavity. In the earliest stages of demineralization, white spots can begin to appear on the teeth. We cannot hide these light areas with traditional whitening or cosmetic methods, as they represent the beginnings of decay, and can be very weak and sensitive. Instead, they need to be treated!
At one time, white spots couldn’t be masked and the dentist would need to wait for the decay to become worse in order to apply Silver Diamine Fluoride, which halts decay but darkens the treated parts of your tooth. Or the dentist would need to wait for the decay to be serious enough that we could place a dental filling. But now, we can use Icon® infiltrant to fill the weakened portions and remove white spots, and also prevent these areas from becoming a cavity. We apply the material and then gently remove any excess portions. Next, we cure it under a light. On one visit we can remove unsightly white or yellow spots, so you enjoy not only a more attractive smile, but a healthier one too!
Protecting Your Smile
You can also take steps to limit decay and prevent these unsightly portions from appearing. First, make sure you start and end each day by brushing your teeth for two minutes with a fluoride toothpaste, and by flossing every evening before bed. You can also cut back on sugary or starchy foods or drinks with lots of sugars and acids, as this leaves behind particles that feed harmful oral bacteria. Finally, make time to see our team for a checkup and cleaning, so we can diagnose the earliest stages of demineralization and treat the area. Our team will also clean the teeth, which removes all layers of harmful plaque and tartar buildup. If you have any questions about how we treat esthetic issues and improve smile beauty, then contact our team today.
Talk To Your Celina, TX Dentist About Cosmetic Improvement
Our team wants to help you enjoy your best looking smile. If you would like to find out more about our cosmetic procedures and treatments, then contact your Celina, TX, dentist, Dr. Ganjoor, by calling (214) 851-0130.