My daughter had braces done. They did straighten her teeth but now several of the teeth are splotchy from being two different colors. She does have thin enamel and I’m wondering if the orthodontist took this into consideration before giving her braces. Are they permanently damaged? Will insurance help me fix them? Would teeth whitening help?
White spots are a sign of decalcification. This means your daughter wasn’t brushing quite enough where she needed to during her orthodontic treatment. Braces catch food which will sit there and start the decay process until it is cleaned off. It’s very important to brush your braces right after every time you eat. Snacking should be severely limited, and it would be smart to keep a toothbrush with you at all times in order to brush after each meal.
Your daughter was particularly susceptible because of her thin enamel. Your daughter’s spots will turn into decay if they’re not dealt with.
Dealing with White Spots After Braces
One thing you could try is Tooth Mousse. This sometimes helps re-mineralize teeth. However, it usually has better success when the cause is from something else. Either way, it’s worth a try.
Unfortunately, teeth whitening won’t work. This will whiten your teeth evenly which will just make the splotchy color more obvious.
Usually, the best solution is for a skilled cosmetic dentist to grind down the soft enamel down to solid tooth structure and then to do dental bonding over it to restore the tooth. This isn’t an easy procedure, so make sure the dentist who does it has the skills necessary.
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