It’s common to have dark spots, or staining, on teeth — but what about white spots? That’s a little different.
There are a variety of causes for white spots on teeth, including the consumption of too much fluoride, poor formation of tooth enamel, poor dental health when someone is wearing orthodontics, and eating a lot of acidic or sugary foods.
The good news? While white spots on teeth are less than desirable, there is no cause for alarm.
Treatments For White Spots on Teeth
There are several possible treatments for white spots on the teeth, but each depends on the underlying cause.
1. Enamel microabrasion
Some people may be able to have microabrasion done to treat their white spots. During this procedure, I remove a small amount of enamel from the teeth to reduce the appearance of the white spots.
This professional treatment is typically followed by teeth bleaching, which can make the teeth appear more uniform in color.
2. Teeth whitening or bleaching
Whitening or bleaching teeth can help to reduce the appearance of white spots and other stains. A variety of teeth whitening products, such as strips and paste, are available over-the-counter (OTC.)
People with white spots can also come to THE SCIENCE OF SMILES® for professional whitening treatments. These treatments tend to use stronger bleaching solutions than those available OTC, which make them work better.
3. Dental veneers
Dental veneers are thin, protective coverings that attach to the front surface of a person’s teeth. They can conceal white spots and other blemishes very effectively.
4. Topical fluoride
I can apply topical fluoride to the teeth of people with enamel hypoplasia. This may encourage the development of enamel on the teeth and help prevent tooth decay.