We all want white teeth, right, but what do you do if your teeth are too white in some places? It’s not an attractive lustrous white, either, but kind of a dull, chalky white that looks wrong. These spots of too-white on your teeth are known as white spot lesions, and they can make you unhappy with the appearance of your smile.
But the good news is that there are many ways to treat these white spots so that you can enjoy your beautiful smile again.
Getting Rid of White Spots
What can be done about these white spots on your teeth? We have many options.
First, we might try teeth whitening. Sometimes, this can make all your teeth the same whiteness as the spots so they’re less visible. But note that at first the white spots might turn whiter, too, at first, although they’ll fade faster. This will help them blend in better.
If the white spots aren’t very deep, we can try removing them gently. This won’t be visible and the newly polished area will blend in with the rest of your tooth.
If there are too many spots or if they’re too deep, we might want to cover them over with restorations like porcelain veneers or crowns. The best thing about this is that it can address other cosmetic concerns at the same time, such as gaps between teeth or if your teeth are too small or poorly shaped.
What Causes White Spots on Teeth?
In general, these white spots are related to places where the enamel isn’t formed properly. Either it didn’t form right in the first place or has been damaged somehow.
When it comes to fluoride, too much can be as bad as too little. Fluoride helps your body form and protect tooth enamel, but if you get too much of it, it can interfere with the process of enamel formation.
Minor fluorosis causes white spots. More serious forms can lead to yellow or even brown teeth.
Teeth are complex structures and they require many ingredients to form. If you’re not getting enough nutrients when your teeth are forming, your enamel may suffer, leading to the white spots.
Straightening your teeth can help improve not just the appearance, but also the health of your smile. However, sometimes the brackets bonded to teeth aren’t as good for the tooth surface. You see, natural teeth get remineralized by your saliva all the time. This helps keep them healthy and attractive–it can even repair minor damage done by bacteria.
But when you have brackets bonded to your teeth, part of the surface doesn’t get remineralized. This can make it look chalky and white when the brackets are removed. The longer you’re in braces, the more risk there is of this.
Before tooth decay forms a cavity, it can start by causing minor damage to your enamel. This may not be enough to make a brown or black spot, but it might be enough to turn your teeth turn chalky white in the damaged area.