White Spots on my Teeth

People end up with white spots on their teeth for various reason.  A white spot is usually because the crystals in the tooth enamel are disrupted so instead of looking see through like glass, it becomes opaque like chalk.  This chalkiness may be from early decay such as below.

This was the result of poor hygiene around braces.

The following, however, is a developmental defect in the growth of the enamel and is not weak or decayed.  The cool thing is that many of these white spots can be removed in less than 10 minutes with a simple application of a couple of products.  I heard about it in a course this year and tried it on the kids of one of our staff.  Then this young woman came in last week and said ‘I’ve always hated these white spots on my front teeth’ – less than 10 minutes later they were almost completely gone, no pain – no fuss, great fun!

Have a Merry Christmas or holiday period.  Look forward to your company at Nundah Village Dental next year!

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9 Responses to White Spots on my Teeth

  1. sara says:

    okay that is awesome and all, but HOW did you get them off? I’ve had the same white spots on my 2 front teeth. It wasn’t such a problem when I was a kid as I did not care as much, but now in my 20’s it’s extremely embarrassing and sometimes i’d rather not talk too close to people because I find them so unattractive. What did you do? Thank you would love some help

    • myteethnvd says:

      Hi Sara,
      In the last case, the white spots were removed by applying a mild acid for 60 secs and lightly rubbing in a fine 27 micron powder. The acid opens up the litle voids in the tooth and allows moisture and the powder to fill in the chalky defect. After a couple of applications the patient took home some GC Mouse, a milk based product that helps remineralise damaged teeth.
      If the spots are too deep or dark you need to try combinations of bleaching or cutting back the surface and placing a false enamel back on.
      I have more photos I hope to put up on the week-end but ask your dentist – it’s easy to try and fun!
      Marc

  2. matt says:

    where do you get the materials for this? i need to get rid of the spots too. i hate even smiling now 😦

    • myteethnvd says:

      Hi Matt, it is a fine sandblasting powder used by dentists and acid used to prepare teeth for fillings. Your dentist will need to apply these to your teeth in a way to not cause damage. Ask them about your options at your next check-up. It depends how bad your teeth stains are and how deep in the enamel. There are other options for deeper stains but not as conservative and it depends if the stains have been there from day one or are the result of damage due to plaque and early decay

  3. Grace N. says:

    How do the white spots form? How do we prevent them?

    • myteethnvd says:

      Hi Grace,
      The spots sometimes form during tooth development before they erupt. This can be from too much fluoride as a child, but in many cases it is just a defect in the crystalisation process of the enamel due to illness or unknown causes. The other white spots are from not brushing well enough and plaque bacteria release acids onto the tooth and the surface becomes frosted from acid etching like glass. These areas often respond well to increased oral hygiene and twice daily application of GC Mousse Plus (called MI Paste in the US)

  4. Ammar says:

    Thank you very much. I learned a lot.

  5. Yianni says:

    How did you get rid of them!! I’ve had mine for years and no dentist ever removed them please help!

    • myteethnvd says:

      Hi,
      There are several options and it depends on how severe the white spots are and what the cause is. If they are due to plaque and acid damage then the only options are trying to improve the mineral content in the acid damaged region using pastes from your dentist like GC Mousse (MI Paste) a few times per day, or a high fluoride toothpaste like Colgates Neutrafluor 5000 also from a dentist. If the damage is severe the only option is to remove the damaged area and place a porcelain veneer over the top to restore the natural undamaged appearance again.
      For light flecking that occurred in the formation of the tooth an improvement can often be gained with your dentist alternating between a mild acid to dissolve out some of the stained porous enamel and then applying a superfine oxide powder over the tooth in alternating applications. Again, if the damage is too deep then the only option is to remove the damaged area and cover it with ceramic / porcelain. See of your dentist can find out what is best in your situation.
      Regards,
      Marc

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