My 15 year old daughter just got her braces off. When she did, there were white spots on them which made her teeth uneven. We went to see our family dentist and she suggested we have Zoom Whitening done to even them out. We did that, but the white spots are still there and even more noticeable. Did something go wrong?
I’m glad you wrote. First, for those who do not know, Zoom Whitening is a way to quickly, in one appointment, dramatically whiten your teeth. However, it is not a treatment for uneven teeth. While it is an amazing way to whiten your teeth, it is not a treatment for uneven color. Teeth whitening, no matter the method, will whiten your teeth evenly. This is why your daughter’s white spots are still there.
Fixing White Spots After Braces
While I am certain your dentist has the best of intentions, I’m not sure how well she understands her field. When you have white spots after braces, that is a sign of decalcification, which is a precursor to decay. This is a common problem with braces because it is tricky brushing and flossing around all those metal wires and brackets. I don’t know if you have any other teens that will need braces, but if so, I would recommend Invisalign. It is much easier for them to keep their teeth clean.
The solution to white spots is microabrasion and dental bonding. However, I would not have your dentist do this. Teeth whitening is THE most basic cosmetic procedure and she did not understand the principles behind how that worked. Dental bonding is a very advanced cosmetic procedure and has to be done freehand. I would look for an advanced cosmetic dentist to do this for your daughter.
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