White spots on the teeth are relatively common, but can also cause patients to feel embarrassed about their smiles. Fortunately, white spot removal is often very simple and safe. The dentists of Fennell, Yoxthimer, and Associates, DDS perform safe and effective white spot removals in their Cincinnati office.
What are White Spots on the Teeth?
White spots on your teeth are usually caused by a process called decalcification. Decalcification occurs when minerals such as calcium and phosphorous are removed from your teeth because of acids formed by bacteria, which wears away tooth enamel.
White spots and decalcification are most commonly caused by:
- Bacteria overgrowth
- Excessive fluoride exposure
- Improper diet, including lack of calcium
- Certain medications, including antibiotics
- Smoking during pregnancy
How Does White Spot Removal Work?
There are several ways that your dentist can treat white spot removal, depending on the cause of your white spots. One option is enamel microabrasion, which is similar to teeth whitening. In this process, however, the teeth are mechanically whitened using a rubber cup and rotary mandrel. Teeth whitening or “bleaching” is also an option. This process uses hydrogen peroxide to remove stains from the teeth so that they are a consistent color overall.
Finally, your dentist may suggest veneers, which cover your teeth to change their appearance. Adhering veneers requires removing a small layer of your natural teeth, and bonding the veneer permanently to the natural tooth.
Who is a Candidate for White Spot Removal?
Most patients with white spots on their teeth are candidates for white spot removal. In most cases, your dentist will likely address the cause of your white spots first, if necessary. Before treatment, your dentist will evaluate your oral health and determine what treatment options should work best for you.
Schedule an Appointment
To remove your white spots, call Fennell, Yoxthimer, and Associates, DDS in Cincinatti at (513) 631-6600 to schedule your first appointment. You can also request an appointment through our online form.