The everyday brace wearer in Tarzana, CA looks forward to the day their braces are removed and they can see their beautiful, unhindered smile! But for some, white spots surround the area where their braces once were. These white spots are known as demineralization and can happen to anyone, even people do don’t wear braces.
Demineralization of the teeth occurs when food is left on the teeth. The food interacts with bacteria on the teeth (otherwise known as plaque) causing acid to form and this acid is what eats away at the calcium and phosphate of the teeth causing white spots or demineralization. These spots can be sensitive and can lead to cavities. And braces are a common culprit due to the fact that braces are good at trapping food.
Here at Akavan Orthodontics we work hard to establish good oral hygiene with all our patients, and if good oral hygiene was not practiced while wearing braces, a square white mark around the bracket can occur. Since braces trap food more easily, it is very important to practice good oral hygiene while wearing braces. Dr. Nooshi Akavan and her staff at Akavan Orthodontics offer these tips to brace wearers in Tarzana, CA to help minimize these white spots:
– Brush thoroughly after eating to remove any food debris from around the braces
– Floss once a day
– Use a fluoride rinse daily
– Limit sugary sodas and juices
Remember to make sure to brush thoroughly and often, and keep up with your visits to Akavan Orthodontics. Do that and you’ll have the best smile in town! If you have any questions about your oral hygiene please feel free to contact us.