Help! White Spots On Teeth After Whitening

Help! White Spots On Teeth After Whitening

White spots on teeth after whitening

After your teeth whitening treatment, you might notice white spots on your teeth. This can happen due to conditions like enamel hypo calcification (lack of calcium) that existed before whitening. The contrast between the lightened teeth and these spots can make them more visible. 

Inadequate oral hygiene can also contribute to white spots, and the whitening process might underline them temporarily. To address this, it’s important to maintain good oral hygiene and consult with your dentist. At Manor House Dental, we can determine the cause and recommend solutions.


What Are White Spots On Teeth? An Explanation

woman with white spots on teeth at the dentist

White spots on your teeth are normally due to the loss of minerals in your tooth’s enamel layer. It is common for patients to become aware of these white spots, especially after completing an at-home whitening treatment. If you’re noticing white spots on your teeth, it’s caused by a lower-than-usual amount of calcium as mentioned above.

Whitening treatments, whether done professionally or at home, primarily target pigmented areas on the teeth to reduce stains and discolouration. In the case of pre-existing white spots, the contrast between the lightened tooth colour and the white spots may become more apparent after whitening. 

Can Dentists Remove White Spots On Teeth?

a man sitting on the dental chair smiling through the mirror

Yes, dentists can often address or improve the appearance of white spots on teeth through various treatments. The approach depends on the cause and severity of the white spots. 

Some common methods include:

🦷Microabrasion (removes discolouration)

This is a minimally invasive technique that involves removing a thin layer of enamel, including the white spots, to improve the tooth’s appearance.

🦷Topical Fluoride Treatment

In cases where the white spots result from demineralisation (removal of minerals), dentists may recommend topical fluoride to remineralise, strengthen teeth enamel and reduce gum disease.

🦷Dental Veneers

For more extensive discolouration, dental veneers may be considered. These thin shells are custom-made to cover the front surface of the teeth, including any white spots.

The choice of treatment depends on the individual case, and your dentist will assess the cause of the white spots and recommend the most suitable approach. It’s important to consult with a dentist to determine the best course of action based on your specific situation.


Prevention Is Better Than Cure


Adhering to the principle “prevention is better than cure” is particularly relevant in maintaining dental health and preventing issues like white spots on teeth. Establishing good oral hygiene practices, such as regular brushing and flossing, serves as the foundation for preventing white spots by removing plaque and bacteria. 

Opting for fluoride toothpaste and incorporating a balanced diet rich in essential nutrients further strengthens enamel and diminishes the risk of white spots. 

Limiting the consumption of sugary and acidic foods, attending regular dental check ups, and considering fluoride treatments contribute to a proactive approach.

Additionally, avoiding smoking, moderating alcohol intake, and staying hydrated support overall oral health, reinforcing the idea that preventive measures are key to preserving the strength and aesthetics of one’s teeth for a lasting, healthy smile.


Teeth Whitening FAQs

You should whiten your teeth once every three months. Teeth whitening can be a fantastic way to boost your smile and improve your self-confidence but beware of the potential dangers that can arise if you go too far. Too much teeth whitening can result in tooth and gum sensitivity, teeth discolouration, and weakening of tooth enamel.
There is no pain associated with teeth whitening, so you can relax during the treatment.
Teeth whitening can last anywhere from a few months to three years - but it depends on the individual. The effect will wear off quickly if you smoke or drink things that can stain your teeth, like red wine, tea, or coffee.
After teeth whitening, most patients report that white streaks are less noticeable from the next day and disappear two days later.

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