White spots can actually detract from the aesthetic appearance of your teeth.
White spots can be caused by:
- a very high fluoride intake when adult teeth are forming
- trauma as a baby
- loss of minerals in the enamel during fixed braces treatment
- molar Hypoplasia.
Traditionally white spots were treated with veneer or composite bonding.
These spots can actually be removed with no drilling. The natural colour of the tooth can be restored using a resin material called ICON.
This is a minimally invasive technique that blends the white spots with the rest of the tooth.
What are the advantages of using Icon to remove white spots on teeth:
- Enables immediate treatment of white spot lesions too advanced for fluoride therapy and not yet advanced enough for restoration (filling, etc).
- No unnecessary loss of healthy tooth structure
- Cosmetic treatment of white spots in one visit. No drilling or anaesthesia required
- Prolonged life expectancy of tooth
30 minutes to 1 hour
removal of white spots
Dr Germain is an excellent dentist and a lovely, warm and caring person. She is highly knowledgeable and skilled and takes the time to fully explain everything she does so that you feel comfortable and informed as the patient. As a Canadian, I previously had avoided dentists in the UK, preferring to wait until I returned to Canada several times a year to go to a dentist I trusted. I searched long and hard for a dentist I felt confident in in London, and I am so happy to have found an excellent dentist in Dr Germain. I would highly recommend her!
- What causes white spots on teeth?
White spots can be caused by a range of factors: Fluorosis (due to a previous high Fluoride intake), Enamel damage caused by loss of minerals. This can be the result among other things of enamel hypoplasia ( developmental defect ) or poor diet.
- How long does Icon treatment last?
Icon treatment is not permanent. Most patients will need future treatments. Icon treatment is estimated to last approximately two years. The amount of time that Icon treatment will last can depend on how good your oral hygiene is and if your diet contains a high amount of acidic food. Therefore avoiding fruit juices and acidic foods can help to prevent the white spot lesions from returning.
- What happens at the Icon appointment?
The tooth to be treated will be isolated and dried. It will then be washed several times with a gel which prepares the tooth to receive the Icon infiltrant. This Icon infiltrant is a highly fluid acrylic that gets absorbed by the white spot area. A Blue light will finally be applied over the tooth
She was also available to deal with my queries even out of office hours.
I highly recommend dr German for anyone looking for a truly caring and qualified dentist.
I’m over the moon with my new smile!