My daughter got her braces off not too long ago and there were a bunch of white spots around her teeth. The orthodontist said this was fairly common in teenagers and that our dentist could take care of it. When we went to see our dentist, she suggested we try Zoom Whitening. She had just gotten the equipment and would even give us a discount as her first patient using it. I liked the idea of getting a discount for the treatment that she would need anyway and agreed. When we were done, the teeth seemed worse, not better. Is it possible because this is a new thing for our dentist she did something wrong?
I am very glad you wrote and believe I can be a great help to you and your daughter. Zoom Whitening is an effective teeth whitening procedure that can produce remarkable results in just one appointment. The problem wasn’t with her not understanding how to do Zoom Whitening. The real problem was her not understanding the principles behind how teeth whitening works.
No matter what method of teeth whitening you do, it will always whiten the teeth evenly. That means the white spots will get whiter along with the remainder of her teeth. The good news is there is a solution.
The white spots your daughter is dealing with are actually decalcification spots. Decalcification is a precursor to decay. My guess is your daughter used traditional wire and bracket braces. Those can be very hard for patients, whether adults or teenagers, to really get in there and brush well around all the metal clutter. This leaves food and other bacteria trapped, which in turn leads to the decalcification which your daughter is dealing with now.
There are two possible ways to fix this. One only works sometimes but is less expensive, so I’ll make sure you know about it in case it works for her.
Repairing White Spots on Teeth
The first thing I would try is a product called Tooth Mousse. This is applied topically and can sometimes remineralize the teeth. You can purchase it over the counter. It doesn’t always work so if you don’t start seeing results, I would move on to the next option before decay sets in.
The second solution is dental bonding. This needs to be done by an expert cosmetic dentist. I’ll tell you how to find one in a moment. With this repair, the dentist will gently remove the decalcified spots and then fill in the area with the composite bonding material. The dentist will use a variety of colors, textures, and translucencies to match her tooth structure and appearance perfectly.
As I mentioned, she will need an expert cosmetic dentist. This has to be done freehand and is one of the most difficult cosmetic procedures. I cannot stress enough that I do not think your current dentist is up to the task. In your place, I would look for an AACD accredited dentist or one who has been recommended on the mynewsmile.com website. Any of those dentists will be able to give your daughter a beautiful result.
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