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White Spot Removal
Living with teeth that are stained or discolored with white spots can prove to be frustrating as many of these imperfections can be very stubborn and hard to remove on your own. Luckily, Dr. Nelson offers treatment options designed to help you achieve your best smile, including procedures specific to eliminating white spots in Missoula. Let's review your options.
This is a quick and non-invasive procedure that utilizes composite resin to fill in the white spots. Composite resin is the same material that is used for cosmetic bonding and dental fillings and it is designed to blend seamlessly with your tooth for a very natural aesthetic.
Teeth whitening can also be an effective option for some patients depending on what caused their staining. In-office and take-home systems offer you different but effective whitening options depending on your lifestyle and budget. Unfortunately, teeth whitening may not be sufficient for white spots caused by tetracycline.
Stubborn white spots can effectively be covered with porcelain veneers to create a flawless and uniform smile. A veneer is a micro-thin layer of porcelain that fits over your tooth, adds strength, and eliminates imperfections.
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Which option is best for your needs? Contact Nelson Dentistry today to schedule a complimentary consultation to learn more.
White spots on your teeth typically occur when enamel is demineralized, which causes it to reflect light in a different way than normal tooth enamel. White spots have a more matte-like finish as opposed to the translucent look of a natural tooth.
How White Spots Form
Poor oral hygiene can contribute to white spots, and they may appear after orthodontic treatment with braces, which are harder to brush and floss around correctly. In some cases, the spots can remineralize on their own with improved oral hygiene. For other patients, treatment may be needed to eliminate the spots and improve the appearance of their teeth.
Certain medications such as the antibiotic tetracycline can also cause white spots or tooth discoloration. Tetracycline is widely used to treat bacterial infections and respiratory concerns. The stains caused by tetracycline often prove to be more stubborn than those produced by demineralization.
White Spot Removal in Missoula
Dr. Nelson, your dentist in Missoula, offers specialized treatment for white spot removal called "Resin Infiltration." This process is non-invasive and substantially fills the white spot with tooth-colored material designed to reflect light the same way your tooth does, which eliminates the appearance of the white spot. Contact Nelson Dentistry today for more information on white spot removal.