White spots on teeth are quite common, particularly for patients who undergo orthodontic treatment. Decay, diets high in acidic foods, or an over exposure to fluoride (fluorosis) could also be to blame. In some cases, these spots are developmental and are due to an exposure to tetracycline. From the time they are in utero until the age of 8, children are susceptible to tooth staining caused by the antibiotic.
Tooth decalcification is a process by which the teeth lose calcium and this is typically the cause for white spots to appear on the teeth. It's generally considered an early stage of tooth decay. Until recently, the only way to treat the white spots was to use invasive methods such as drilling and filling them with composite materials or covering them up with porcelain crowns or veneers. Today, ICON resin infiltration is an innovative method that requires no anesthesia, and no drilling. Outside of the obvious, this is noteworthy because there is no unnecessary loss of the healthy tooth structure. And, in the case of younger patients, ICON can be done sooner than other cosmetic options like veneers because you don’t have to wait until the growth process is complete.
Are you thinking about having your teeth whitened? It’s important to note that untreated white spots often look worse after bleaching alone. However, when treated in conjunction with ICON resin, the spots will whiten similarly to the natural tooth enamel. Check out our smile gallery to see for yourself.