Removing White Spots
Many people have straight, healthy, attractive smiles, but their teeth are marred by white spots. If you are one of them, it is important to talk with Dr. John Ravera in Newport Beach, CA about the problem, for two reasons. First, white spots can be a warning sign of an underlying health issue. Second, removing these flaws is a painless procedure, with treatment tailored to your needs.
What causes white spots on teeth?
White spots are not an indication of poor oral hygiene. However, they can be the result of:
- Nutritional deficiency from a diet lacking calcium and other minerals
- Celiac disease, a gastric issue which prevents the body from properly absorbing nutrients
- Too much ingested fluoride (such as from supplements or swallowing toothpaste) when teeth are developing
- Mother smoking during pregnancy
- High fever during childhood
- Certain medications, including antibiotics
- Trauma, such as a from a fall or blow to the face
- Orthodontic treatment, caused by hardware cemented to tooth enamel
Newport Beach, CA dentist specializes in removing white spots
As you can see, anyone may have white spots at virtually any age. Fortunately, in Dr. Ravera’s experienced hands, white spot treatment is safe and effective.
Professional teeth whitening is the most conservative option. Teeth bleaching lightens the overall color of enamel, reducing contrast and thus helping to restore a natural appearance. Whitening can be performed in the office with a fast, light-activated technique, or by applying a whitening gel at home, over a period of time.
If white spots remain noticeable, Dr. Ravera may recommend enamel microabrasion. This is a combination chemical and mechanical method of precisely removing a tiny amount (just a few tenths of a millimeter) of enamel, allowing a more even layer of underlying whiteness to emerge. Microabrasion can be a good choice for superficial fluorosis.
Dental veneers are thin layers of tooth colored restorative material, bonded to front surfaces of visible teeth to mask imperfections. Porcelain or composite veneers are ideal for white spots that are too deep for microabrasion or teeth that do not respond to whitening.
Would you like to learn more about white spot removal? Call John Ravera, DDS General and Cosmetic Dentistry at 949-877-3606.