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ICON Treatment provides a minimally invasive way of treating white spots on the teeth. White spots can occur on the teeth for a variety of reasons.
This can be as a result of decay, post orthodontic treatment and even be related to the development of the teeth as a baby. Especially where there was damage or infection to the baby teeth which can have affect on the developing adult teeth. Furthermore, areas with high concentrations of fluoride in the natural drinking water can also cause this through a process known as fluorosis.
Although these white spots don’t generally cause symptoms, they can be an aesthetic problem for many people. Traditionally, more invasive methods such as composite fillings, veneers and crowns have been used. These tend to be very invasive and damage natural healthy tooth structure. ICON Treatment is a non-invasive process which can comfortably remove white spots.
The revolutionary ICON Treatment works by applying a flowable dental composite material to the teeth. This masks out the white spots, resulting in a significantly improved physical appearance of the teeth. The great benefit of ICON treatment is that it does not require any injections or drilling, which makes it much more tolerable even for nervous patients.
White spots on teeth can be caused by a number of possible factors.
Fluorosis is an aesthetic condition, affecting the colour of teeth in children. Individuals who are exposed to too much fluoride in the first 8 years or so of life may develop fluorosis. In these cases, the fluoride affects the cosmetic development of the teeth. This can cause them to come through with slight white marks on them.
In severe cases, teeth may even develop small pits on the surface of the enamel. It is important to monitor your child’s fluoride intake. This is one of the reasons children are advised to use no more than a pea-sized amount of toothpaste when brushing their teeth.
It is very important to remember that fluoride is beneficial for teeth in the proper quantities. Fluoride is highly useful in preventing cavities. It is only when far too much is ingested that (largely cosmetic) problems can occur. Always talk to your dentist if you have any concerns.
One of the key processes by which teeth keep themselves healthy is known as remineralisation. When the naturally occurring minerals (such as calcium and phosphate) in your teeth decay, or are abraded, due to things such as plaque, this is known as demineralisation, or decalcification. When such minerals are lost they are naturally replenished by your saliva, which is rich in these minerals. This process is known as remineralisation. When this process is disrupted, your teeth continue to lose essential minerals without them being replenished. Therefore, white spots may appear.
There are several possible causes of this disruption, the most common being poor oral hygiene. Build-up of plaque is one of the key causes of white spots. This can be prevented by proper oral hygiene. If you do not remove plaque adequately, saliva cannot reach the affected areas and begin the remineralisation process. This is especially common in patients who have braces. Braces provide multiple crevices and cavities in which plaque can build-up. It is essential to maintain a good oral hygiene routine when wearing braces to prevent this problem.
Enamel hypoplasia is a condition which causes the underdevelopment of the tooth enamel and can result in white spots, as well as other symptoms. When the hard outer shell of your teeth (the enamel) is insufficient, your teeth become far more susceptible to decay and cosmetic conditions, like stains. This condition usually manifests early on when the teeth are still developing and can be caused by several factors. Possible causes include: nutritional defects, injury/trauma, hypocalcemia, maternal drug use/smoking, infection, liver or celiac disease and amelogenesis.
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