Not everyone will experience white spots on their teeth after braces. If you commit to your daily oral hygiene routine, you shouldn’t have to worry about white spots developing!
However, there are a few factors that can contribute to white spots on your teeth – with or without braces.
Here’s everything you need to know about what causes white spots and how to get rid of them.
What causes white spots on teeth after braces?
Those tiny white spots that some patients see on their teeth after braces are removed are due to plaque buildup that eats away at the enamel.
- Plaque buildup: Plaque buildup may be caused by a lacking oral hygiene routine throughout treatment. While wearing braces, it’s important that you commit to brushing your teeth at least twice a day and flossing your teeth at least once before bed. Food particles can get stuck around the brackets and between the archwire, which can lead to white spots forming over time.
Be sure to visit your dentist for regular cleanings throughout treatment too! Professional dental cleanings are essential for removing hardened plaque that can’t be removed with your toothbrush alone. Your dentist will help you prevent white spots.
- Acidic food & drink: Drinking and eating acidic food can also cause these white spots after braces, as acids contribute to enamel deterioration. During braces treatment, try to limit or avoid acidic beverages (like sodas and fruit juices) and acidic foods (like lemons and high-sodium condiments) as best as possible to prevent white spots. Or if you just can’t kick the craving, rinse your mouth out with water right after drinking and eating acidic drinks and food! This can help reduce damage to your enamel.
How do I get rid of white spots on teeth after braces?
Don’t worry! Once your braces are removed, you can take steps to remineralize your teeth and rebuild your enamel. This can be done with fluoride toothpaste, fluoride treatments with your dentist, and special fluoride products (like PreviDent®) prescribed by your dentist.
White spots on teeth after braces can lighten over time as you recommit to your oral hygiene routine.
Whitening your teeth can also help to reduce the appearance of white spots on teeth. If you’re interested in whitening your teeth after braces, please let Dr. Dunn or Dr. Schreiber know! We can recommend the ideal time to start whitening treatment as well as discuss safe and effective whitening treatment options.
It’s important that you wait a few weeks to whiten your teeth after your braces are removed to ensure that the newly exposed enamel hardens.
Still have questions about white spots on teeth?
White spots can be avoided with regular care and cleaning! Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us with any questions! We’re here to provide all of the tips you need to undergo a successful treatment and achieve a beautiful smile.