After months or even years of wearing dental braces, the last thing you want to see is tiny white spots from braces on your teeth where the brackets used to be. These spots on teeth, or decalcification, are the first stages of a cavity and prompted by a buildup of plaque from insufficient oral hygiene during orthodontic treatment. The good news is these spots are totally preventable whether you have traditional braces or Invisalign braces. It’s important to adhere to the guidelines set by the Gainesville orthodontists at Studio32 Orthodontics to avoid these spots and ensure a beautiful smile after braces. Contact us today to book a braces appointment or to learn more about the different types of braces we offer!
Brush As Often As Possible
It’s the easiest way to prevent white spots on teeth. Adopt proper brushing techniques recommended by an orthodontist in Gainesville, FL, and use special brushes or toothpaste you are given, such as interproximal brushes, which are tiny enough to fit in crevices between teeth, and power toothbrushes. Whether you have adult braces or metal braces, it’s strongly recommended to brush after every meal or orthodontist-approved snack.
Floss At Least Once A Day
Taking the time to floss is just as important as brushing. When food gets stuck in between teeth where toothbrushes can’t reach, it’s time to grab some floss and get to work, paying close attention to each tooth. On top of traditional flossing, using a water flosser can help get rid of plaque and food near the gum line where it’s extra difficult to clean. Be careful around the brackets and ends of the wires to avoid a braces emergency. If wires break or protrude into the mouth, contact Studio32 Orthodontics right away.
Avoid Or Limit Acidic Foods & Drinks
We all love a crisp, cold soda or Gatorade on a sunny day, but those sugary and acidic drinks accelerate the development of white spots. The acidity in these drinks strips away minerals from the teeth’s enamel, leaving behind spots. If you drink soda, sweet tea, coffee, wine or other acidic drinks, be sure to brush right away.
Clean Your Aligners
White spots don’t just happen to kids and teens with braces, they can happen to patients with clear aligners, too. If you drink soda or other carbonated beverages while your aligners are in, it can cause white spots even in a matter of weeks. Always take your Invisalign braces out before eating or drinking anything besides water and brush thoroughly. It’s also essential to regularly brush and clean the aligner trays themselves because food and bacteria can get stuck in the trays during treatment, causing decalcification.
Contact An Orthodontist In Gainesville, FL
In addition to all these tips, it’s crucial to keep in contact with and attend appointments scheduled by the team at Studio32 Orthodontics during your treatment to prevent white spots after the braces are removed. Dr. Mullally and the entire team is dedicated to creating satisfied smilers of all ages by providing braces for kids, teens, and adults. We provide the best in orthodontic treatment and want every patient to come away with a smile to show off and be confident in! Contact us today to begin you or your child’s journey to a better smile!