What Are These?
So you finally get your braces off, and now you’re a new you, except for one problem. You notice that you have white spots on your teeth because of your brackets. This is a normal occurrence that everyone who has had braces experiences. This article will talk about those spots and will tell you what you can do about them.
Almost everyone will run into this problem. These are the areas that are decalcified because plaque grew there for a while. To get rid of them, you’ll have to properly brush and floss frequently to eliminate them completely.
How Did They Develop?
These spots developed because of improper brushing and flossing over a long period of time. This allows the bacteria to continue living on in your mouth. When they grow in numbers, germs that make up plaque also grew. When you eat and avoid brushing, these microorganisms will use food left in your mouth as a source of energy. This energy is used to grow their population. As they grow, they produce acids, which decalcifies certain spots, making them look white. With time, this will unfortunately lead to cavities.
How To Prevent Them?
Best way to prevent this scenario from happening is by having great oral hygiene habits. Floss your teeth as often as you can. Make sure you actually clean and rinse your mouth 3 times a day. Brush after every meal as well, and take your time while doing so. Make sure you brush each tooth from every angle possible. Brush underneath and around the wire. Give the bacteria zero chance to grow in your mouth and you won’t have any stains or decalcifications afterwards. Be sure to never allow any food to stay in your mouth. As we stated previously, food is what causes the bacteria to grow. By eliminating food, you eliminate the bacteria.
You might wish to invest in a very good toothbrush for before, during, and even after your brackets are off. An electric toothbrush can greatly improve plaque removal.
How To Get Rid Of Them?
You can ask your orthodontist if he/she can write you a prescription for a special paste. This paste is called GC MI Paste, and it works to remineralize your enamel which gets rid of the white spots. It also supplies teeth with calcium and other elements that were damaged/deprived by the growth of plaque.