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What causes white spots?
White spots on the smooth surfaces of the teeth develop as a result of microscopically small areas of damage in the enamel. They can develop, for example, as a result of decay and the accompanying mineral loss, which cause the top surfaces of the enamel to become softer and more porous.
In some cases, mineral loss of this kind can be halted by careful oral hygiene and fluoride therapy – but unfortunately not always. If this is not successful, the decay will continue to develop from the initial signs comprised of white spots until treatment becomes necessary.
White spots prevent a balanced overall appearance
White spots are also an aesthetic problem, particularly in the case of the front teeth. The teeth lose their healthy glow and appear to be somewhat poorly cared for.
People who value their appearance are bothered by this and consider it to be detrimental, particularly when brown staining also becomes deposited in the affected areas.
Using infiltration to treat white spots
In the case of whitish discolouration, which is occasionally evident when fixed orthodontic appliances are removed for example, this is caused by pockets of air and water in porous enamel.
Treatment with Icon seals the enamel structure again, balancing out the unsightly difference in shade.
When braces have finally been removed…
Anyone who wears a fixed orthodontic appliance looks forward to having perfect, even, teeth. It is therefore all the more disappointing when white spots become apparent after the brackets have been removed.
Gentle treatment of white spots
Even without orthodontic appliances, no-one is entirely protected against white spots affecting enamel. In order to correct this discolouration, options up until now have been ceramic veneers.
Thanks to Icon, a considerably less complicated, more gentle and entirely painless method is now available that is also very attractive in terms of the price of the treatment.
How it works
Following brief preparation of the tooth using a gel, a highly fluid acrylic resin is applied to the white areas.
This fluid is absorbed into the tooth’s surface, filling the tiny defects.
Once light-curing has been completed, the defects are permanently filled and the white spots become no longer visible.
Benefits of treatment using Icon
- Aesthetic result after just one treatment
- Healthy tooth surface is retained
- Gentle and painless treatment without drilling
- Natural tooth shade with an even appearance