Even if you take good care of your teeth, you might begin to notice a disturbing trend – white spots that appear seemingly at random on the surface of your enamel.
If these white spots were all over, you’d have a killer Hollywood smile, but as they are, they are just in streaks, so they look rather out of place. If you’re experiencing this phenomenon, there could be a few different causes behind it.
Enamel hypoplasia is when the enamel of your tooth becomes so thin that it starts to wear through. It’s often a problem when teeth are developing, so if this is the cause of your white spots, you’ve likely had them for some time.
Some things that can cause enamel hypoplasia include your mother smoking while pregnant, having a high fever, having a nutritional deficiency, or as a side effect from certain medicines.
Fluoride is a great substance for killing bacteria in your mouth and keeping your teeth healthy. However, if you use too much fluoride, especially when your teeth are developing, you could contract a condition known as fluorosis. You can get fluoride in a number of ways, including toothpaste, fluoridated water, or even some supplements.
Fluorosis causes color changes to the teeth that can include white, brown, or yellow spots, so make sure you keep your fluoride intake at a safe level.
Sometimes, teeth get demineralization, which happens when bacteria in the mouth are given free reign. If you don’t brush as often as you should, you might be a candidate for this problem. Demineralization is also a problem for people with braces, as they are unable to brush underneath their brackets.
Demineralization is basically a precursor to a cavity. Any white spots from this problem are permanent, and if you don’t keep the areas clean, they will continue to decay.
What Can You Do About White Spots?
Luckily, there are a number of treatments to reduce the appearance of these white streaks in your smile. These include:
- Whitening the rest of your teeth so that the bright streaks don’t stand out as much.
- Microabrasion to remove a thin layer of enamel for a more uniform look.
- Porcelain veneers are a thin layer of ceramic that sit on top of your existing teeth to create a natural, stain-free appearance.
If you’re concerned about the white spots on your teeth, don’t wait any longer to get help. The sooner you visit Dr. Mann, the sooner you can go back to enjoying your smile. Contact us today to schedule your appointment.