When you choose to undergo teeth realignment treatment, you’re doing so because you want your smile to look it’s best. With this in mind, you may be concerned about the possibility of your brace leaving marks on your teeth.
We often get asked whether there is any truth to the belief that braces can cause white marks on your teeth. Though this is an issue to be aware of, let us assure you that it isn’t something to worry too much about.
How can braces mark your teeth?
White spots can occur on your teeth for a number of reasons, most of which are related to poor oral hygiene. Orthodontic white spot lesions are often caused by plaque build up on teeth. The risk of these white spots can be greater during braces as there can be more opportunities for food and bacteria to get caught around brackets and wires.
What can you do to prevent this?
The good news here is that white spots are completely preventable with good dental hygiene. During your teeth realignment treatment, we recommend that you do the following things:
- Brush your teeth after every meal, perhaps using an orthodontic toothbrush.
- During teeth realignment treatment you can use specialist interdental toothbrushes instead of dental floss as they make it easier to reach into the gaps between your teeth and your braces.
- Avoid foods and drinks that are high in sugar or particularly acidic. This includes sugary snacks, fizzy drinks and fruit juices.
- Visit your usual dentist for regular professional cleanings.
If you’re concerned about teeth realignment treatment and how your dental hygiene might be affected during the process, please get in touch with your local Specialist Orthodontic Group practice. We’d be happy to talk you through the process and what you can do to ensure your teeth stay at their absolute best.