Changing Your Spots: White Areas on Teeth | Dr. Michael Brammeier

Naperville, IL Dentist

White spots on your teeth can be frustrating and affect your confidence in your smile. Fortunately, they are preventable and rarely a cause for serious concern. Here’s what you need to know about the causes of white spots, how to prevent them, and what treatment options are available if you already have them.

What Causes White Spots on Teeth?

  1. Dental Fluorosis – This condition occurs when a child consumes or is exposed to too much fluoride during tooth development. Although it is harmless, it can lead to white spots before the teeth emerge. In the US, the most common cause of fluorosis is the ingestion of too much toothpaste.
  2. Poor Dental Hygiene – Neglecting regular brushing can lead to the development of white spots.
  3. Braces – Wearing braces for a long time can affect the coloration of your teeth and create white spots.
  4. Acidic or Sugary Foods – These foods can damage your teeth and alter the color of their enamel. Rinsing your mouth after consuming acidic or sugary items can help mitigate these effects.

How Can I Prevent White Spots from Appearing?

Maintaining a proper oral hygiene regimen is the best way to prevent white spots on your teeth. Ensure your child uses the correct amount of toothpaste – children under 3 should use a smear the size of a rice grain, and children over 3 should use no more than a pea-sized amount. Since children often swallow or fail to spit out toothpaste, supervision is crucial while they are learning.

What Are the Treatment Options?

If you already have white spots, there are several treatment options available:

  • Whitening or Bleaching – These treatments can make the coloration of your teeth more uniform.
  • Dental Veneers – Veneers can restore the appearance of your teeth, addressing not just white spots but other cosmetic concerns as well.
  • Topical Fluoride or Enamel Microabrasion – These treatments can be applied directly to the white spots to improve their appearance.

Dr. Michael Brammeier at Brammeier Dental Associates will recommend the best solution for treating white spots on your teeth. Contact Brammeier Dental Associates for a consultation today.

Brammeier Dental Associates of Naperville
Phone: 630-548-2300
2603 S Washington St
Naperville, IL 60565

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