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Have you ever noticed White Patches on Your Teeth and wondered what you could do about them?

Updated: Oct 11, 2022


White Patches on The Teeth

You may have noticed white flecks or patches on your teeth and wondered how they got there and whether anything can be done to improve their appearance.


What Causes White Patches on Teeth?

There are many reasons for the development of white flecks, lines, or patches on the teeth. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Early decay

  • Genetics

  • Childhood illness

  • Diet

  • Excess fluoride ingestion

  • Trauma to baby teeth


How Can White Patches Be Treated?

Management usually involves a step-by-step process to treat the white areas as gently as possible. This includes:

  1. Fluoride treatment and diet management for early decay

  2. Teeth Whitening

  3. Microabrasion

  4. Enamel Infiltration treatments

  5. Composite Maskingf

  6. Crowns/Veneers



Teeth Whitening

This can help to lessen the appearance of white areas by lightening the shade of the teeth. This results in an improvement in the contrast between the white areas and the rest of the teeth which makes the white patches less noticeable.



Microabrasion

This procedure involves very careful and controlled removal of microscopic layers of the outer enamel surface. This can be very effective for superficial discolouration.



Icon Enamel Infiltration

This treatment is very effective for less superficial discolouration in the enamel. Liquid resin is placed in chemically opened 'pores' in the tooth surface preventing the progression of dental decay and cosmetically removing white spots.




Other Treatment Options for White Spots

More invasive options may be needed for disolouration that extends into the deep levels of the enamel. This may include:

  • Composite Fillings

  • Porcelain Veneers

  • Crowns


The treatment options that are selected depend on a full and thorough consultaiton and it is not always possible to determine which treatment is likely to be most effective for you. Often it is a step by step process to get the right result for you.


For further information or to book your consultation please contact Ridge Dental on 01454 313189 or email reception@ridgedental.com



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