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What Is Decalcification?
Posted on 12/13/2016

What Is Decalcification?

White Spots on Teeth After Braces

As your Lakewood, CA orthodontist and dentist, we strive to do all we can to give you a beautiful smile. Our combination of orthodontics and dentistry allows us to treat you with a more convenient, efficient, and all-inclusive process if you’re undergoing orthodontic treatment. One such situation where this is helpful is if there are noticeable white spots on your teeth after your braces are removed. This is known as decalcification.

 

What Is Decalcification?

Decalcification is simply the loss of calcium from the teeth. The bacteria in plaque will convert sugars and carbohydrates into acids which will then sap calcium and minerals from the enamel. While decalcification can occur to those without braces, it’s most commonly associated with these orthodontic treatments because braces allow for new areas around the teeth where plaque can hide and accumulate.

 

How Do You Avoid Decalcification?

Decalcification is caused by dental plaque, meaning that the best way to avoid it is to keep your teeth free from plaque. To do this, you will want to:

  • Avoid sugary foods and high-sugar diets.

  • Practice good oral hygiene.

  • Come in for regular dental cleanings.

 

How Do You Treat Decalcification?

At Lakewood Dental Arts, we offer a number of different cosmetic dentistry treatments that will fix this problem. These include the following:

  • Veneers – These thin, porcelain ‘shells’ are attached to the front of your teeth, removing any signs of the white spots on your teeth.

  • Teeth whitening – With this treatment, we apply a hydrogen-peroxide gel-activated solution to whiten your smile in just one visit.

  • Composite bonding – For this treatment, we apply resin to the affected area in order to better match the natural shade of your teeth.

  • Maintaining good oral hygiene – The simplest way to treat decalcification is to simply maintain good oral hygiene. While it’s not nearly as quick as the other treatments, white spots will improve with time provided you’re taking good care of your teeth.

 

Contact Your Lakewood, CA Orthodontist and Dentist Today!

If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact us. If you’re interested in scheduling an orthodontic appointment or a dental cleaning, we encourage you to fill out our appointment request form. Alternatively, you can give us a call at (562) 866-1735. We hope to see you soon and help you achieve a whiter and brighter smile!