Do you have braces and recently noticed white spots on your teeth? These white spots are the decalcification areas on your teeth where plaque has stayed for a long time without being cleaned off by brushing. These can easily be prevented with twice daily brushing. So you might wonder: will the orthodontist take your braces off due to the decalcification? More likely than not, your orthodontist will remove your braces to prevent further damage to your teeth if they feel as though your brushing habits have not improved.
If you’re seeing these white spots getting out of control, you’ll need to keep brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing. While the orthodontist may not remove your braces, you may still be concerned how this plaque developed in the first place.
How the White Spots (decalcification) Show Up on Your Teeth
There are all types of bacteria that are in your mouth every day. These bacteria are directly responsible for the white spots that show up on your teeth. The main bacteria that lead to plaque forming on your teeth are called streptococcus mutans and Lactobacillus. Plaque sticks to the smooth surfaces of your teeth while the bacteria itself lives off of the sugars that you eat every day. Many types of foods include sugars that bacteria in your mouth will then eat to survive.
The sugar also helps the bacteria multiply and make your mouth more acidic. All of this dissolves your enamel and causes a white spot to appear on your teeth. This can also eventually lead to a cavity. So these white spots are essentially the very beginning of a cavity forming in your mouth. If this white decalcification causes enough harm to the enamel of your tooth, a hole or cavity will form in your tooth.
If it isn’t quickly repaired, this cavity will only grow and the hole will become larger until your tooth begins to decay. You’ll want to see your dentist quickly if you think you have a cavity.
How to Prevent Decalcification
So how can you make sure you don’t get white spots or cavities? You’ll need to start tackling the bacteria itself. You’ll want to remove as much bacteria as possible from your mouth. It’s nearly impossible to remove all the bacteria that exists in your body. However, you can at the very least reduce the number of bacteria hanging out in your mouth around your teeth.
You can do this by making sure to floss and brush your teeth twice a day. You can also kill off bacteria by rinsing with mouthwash at the end of the day. Next time you’re getting ready for bed, take care of your braces and teeth by rinsing with mouthwash, flossing, and brushing. You’ll want to keep your plaque to as small an amount as possible. You’ll want to angle your toothbrush bristles above and below your brackets to help get around the braces and underneath the wires.
A lot of plaque may be found between the wires of your braces, so you’ll want to remember your orthodontists brushing instructions using different angles to get all areas of your teeth. Even after you finish brushing, take a look at your teeth in the mirror. Do you still see little bits of food or plaque? Take that toothbrush and get rid of any bits of food you find. Using an electric toothbrush may be a good idea for those who have braces. Two good options are the Oral B or Sonicare toothbrushes.
Brushing Beyond the Norm
In general, electric toothbrushes work well for reducing plaque. Using an electric toothbrush along with a waterpik (power washer for your teeth) will greatly reduce your chances of getting any white spots. Another consideration you may want to look at to avoid white spot on the front of your teeth is to ask your orthodontist about lingual braces. These braces are attached behind your teeth. This way you will find it easier to brush the front of your teeth without any wires getting in the way.
Why You May Benefit from Our Braces
The Elite Lingual Orthodontists Study (ELOS) group have an extra skill set for this type of braces, on top of their expert skills in traditional braces. Lingual braces are an outstanding option which are essentially a true invisible way of straightening your teeth.
The brands that are most commonly used include Alias braces, Incognito braces, and Suresmile. You may be wondering why these braces are a better choice than Invisalign or clear aligners. There are lots of reasons. One of them being, when you see an ELOS doctor you are seeing the best of the best! They will let you know what the best treatment is to insure the best result for you whether it be aligners, braces or a combination of both braces & aligners. Keep reading to learn why braces placed behind your teeth are a an excellent choice.
Why Lingual Braces are the Best Choice
If you get braces behind your teeth instead of clear aligners, it is a compliance free treatment option. The only thing you will be responsible for is keeping your teeth clean and wearing any elstics you’re prescribed by your ELOS orthodontist. On the other hand, with Invisalign or clear aligners you must be 100% compliant to achieve the best results which includes wearing aligners 22 hours per day, remembering to change aligners every 2 weeks, removing every time you eat or drink and keeping both your teeth and aligners free and clean of all plaque. Additionally, while Invisalign braces are very subtle, they are still visible as most treatments will need to use “buttons” on your teeth while braces behind your teeth are virtually invisible. Also, clear aligners do not have as strong of a grip on your teeth and it is somewhat unpredictable the direction that your teeth will move. Braces put behind the teeth, on the other hand, are securely attached and their actions are very predictable.
Do you have a teenager that is too embarrassed to wear regular braces and they’re interested in Invisalign? Do you think they’ll be disciplined enough to wear the clear aligners 22 hours per day and not lose the clear aligners? Probably not. As such, our braces will be a better idea since they’re fit directly to the teeth on a long-term basis. If you’re concerned about getting white spots on your teeth, consider bypassing regular braces and get braces attached behind your teeth.
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