Every time you brush, you see those white spots on your teeth. You think to yourself, “They don’t hurt, but if I can see them, other people will, too.” You don’t have to live with the thought of unsightly white spots on your teeth anymore.
There is a non-invasive treatment for white spots on your teeth that we can use to eliminate them. The doctors at Parkcrest Dental Group can help alleviate your concerns thanks to the ICON white spot treatment.
Read more with our guide.
What Is the ICON White Spot Treatment?
ICON is an effective treatment for smooth surface white spots on your teeth. It’s minimally invasive and doesn’t use anesthesia or sedation. You won’t have long recovery times, and you’ll see results in just one treatment.
What Does ICON White Spot Treatment Do?
The overall goal of ICON is to restore your teeth to their natural shade without using other methods like veneers, fluoride treatments, or teeth whitening with peroxide-type treatments.
Who Is a Good Candidate for ICON?
ICON treats four kinds of white spots on your teeth:
1. You Have White Spots After Removing Your Braces
White spots may appear on your teeth after your orthodontist removes your braces. This discoloration generally happens because the bonding agent for the braces protected your tooth enamel underneath. Meanwhile, the rest of the teeth might have become discolored.
2. You Have White Spots From Remineralization
Fluoride pastes from remineralization treatments can cause white spots on your teeth. ICON can alleviate this discoloration.
3. You Have White Spots From Fluorosis
Fluorosis is a condition that comes from too much fluoride on your teeth, and you generally get this from childhood. It can be caused by fluoridation in drinking water or by brushing your teeth too much.
4. You Have White Spots From Enamel Defects
This condition is technically called enamel hypoplasia. It usually occurs when adult teeth first come in, and it’s because there is less enamel in the tooth than usual.
How Does ICON White Spot Treatment Work?
ICON is a special, transparent resin that fills the spaces in enamel that causes white spots on teeth. Once the resin takes hold, it gives you a more even-colored smile and even prevents further discoloration. Rather than bleaching out the areas with teeth whiteners, ICON works to disguise the white spots by filling the small holes with a layer of resin that protects your teeth.
Does ICON White Spot Treatment Hurt?
No, it doesn’t hurt at all. This treatment doesn’t use needles, sedation, drills, or harsh chemicals. In fact, it’s gentle enough that it’s approved for use on children (with parental permission, of course).
What Happens During an ICON White Spot Treatment?
Your dentist first applies a thick paste that opens up the tiny pores in an affected tooth. The open pores allow the resin to infiltrate more of the tooth’s surface. Then, the dentist uses a lightweight applicator, much like we do during a fluoride treatment, to quickly brush the resin to each tooth. The resin is a thick paste that sticks to the tooth. Lastly, we’ll use a dental curing light, a pen-like instrument that uses blue light to cure the resin so it bonds to the enamel rapidly. After applying the dental curing light, the resin will form a hard layer against the outside of your tooth.
What Are the Side Effects of ICON White Spot Treatment?
The immediate side effects are that you’ll have stronger, healthier, and more even-colored teeth. With good oral hygiene habits, your treatment can last for many years.
What Should I Do Immediately After This Treatment?
We ask that you avoid foods and drinks that could stain your teeth for 24 hours after the treatment. So, please avoid coffee, tea, cola, fruit juices, red wine, tomato-based sauces, curry, soy sauce, and balsamic vinegar for the next day. Eating non-staining foods will give your new smile time to adjust.
ICON White Spot Treatment in Springfield, MO
If you think you’re a candidate for this non-invasive white spot treatment and want a more confident smile, contact us or call (417) 887-1220. Our dentist will consult with you about your options. A new smile could be just one appointment away!