White Spot Lesions

What are white spots?

White spots on the teeth are generally caused by a condition called fluorosis or by the process of demineralisation. They can also be the result of defects in the development of the tooth enamel or from physical trauma to the tooth.

Fluorosis occurs when too much fluoride is ingested while the teeth are developing. Exposure to fluoride through  regular brushing with fluoridated toothpaste or drinking fluoridated water helps to strengthen and remineralise teeth. However excessive consumption of fluoride can be harmful.

Demineralisation happens when plaque is allowed to build-up on the teeth and can be caused by poor oral hygiene or a sugary diet. Patients who wear braces are also more susceptible as it is easy for bacteria to accumulate in and around the orthodontic brackets.


Treatments for White Spot Lesions

We offer a number of different treatments to improve the appearance of white spot lesions.

Minimal intervention (MI) paste

A paste like Tooth Mousse Plus is applied to the affected surfaces of the teeth. It contains molecules of calcium, phosphate and fluoride that remineralise and strengthen the enamel. We have stock of Tooth Mousse available, so let our kind receptionists know if you may want to purchase some.

Enamel microabrasion

A mild abrasive is used to remove a thin layer of the enamel along with the lesion, followed by at-home application of MI paste for a period of time to remineralise the enamel. Find out more here

Teeth whitening

Bleach-based whitening can help balance the colour of the enamel and reduce the appearance of white spot lesions. This is often done after enamel micro-abrasion to improve the results. Find out more about whitening here.

Resin infiltration

The pores of the teeth with white spots are infiltrated by a tooth coloured resin similar to that used in white coloured fillings. The appearance of the white spot lesion is brought closer in shade to the surrounding tooth. Resin infiltration is minimally invasive and has great results. Find out more here.

Porcelain veneers

The surface of the tooth is drilled away and a thin porcelain veneer is fitted and attached to the tooth to achieve a very aesthetic result. Find out more about veneers here.

Call Balmoral Dental Centre at (07) 3399 6288 or book an appointment online if you have any white spot lesions bothering you and we'll run you through what is most suitable for you!

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