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How to Remove White Spots on Your Teeth

12 Nov, 2020 whitening

Illustration of white spots on teeth.

Everyone wants a set of beautiful, pearly white teeth, but there are times when you may notice that certain areas of your teeth are too light. White spots are a common problem that might have bothered you since childhood. 

You can also develop white spots on your teeth as an adult. Figuring out why you have lighter areas on your tooth enamel will help you to choose the right treatment.

Why Do Some People Develop White Spots?

Person with white spots on teeth.

White spots don’t mean that you are doing something wrong. They often develop long before you are old enough to manage your own hygiene. 

Some white spots develop when your teeth are first forming. Enamel hypoplasia can be a symptom of certain hereditary conditions. 

You might also develop this dental condition as a result of maternal or childhood vitamin deficiencies. Severe illnesses in your early developmental years can cause your teeth to develop thin or weak enamel.

Other signs of weakened tooth enamel might accompany enamel hypoplasia. Yellow spots, pitting, and sensitivity are a few more symptoms of this condition.

Too Much Fluoride?

Dental fluorosis is another reason why white spots show up. This also begins in childhood. Children who ingest too much fluoride regularly for a long time are at risk for this condition. With dental fluorosis, the white spots might be accompanied by streaks on the tooth’s surface.

As an adult, your habits affect the color of your teeth. A white spot can sometimes indicate early tooth decay. Enamel erosion from acidic foods and drinks causes white areas. 

Occasionally, we’ll see teens and adults with temporary white areas caused by at-home tooth whitening treatments. These are usually not a concern and should fade within a few days.

How Do Whitening Treatments Work?

teeth whitenting to remove spots on teeth

White spots that are not caused by decay are usually just a cosmetic concern. Our first approach with these spots is to blend them into the rest of the tooth’s surface. 

Teeth whitening treatments help to lighten up the surrounding tooth. In many cases, this is all that is needed to restore your smile. 

After getting your teeth to the right shade, you’ll only need maintenance treatments as your teeth change colors in the future. Routine cleanings and avoiding stain-causing drinks help to keep your preferred tooth color.

 What Other Options Can I Try?

Teeth whitening isn’t always enough to remove these spots. If the lighter area is an indication of decay, then we can do a simple filling.

Other types of white areas can be covered up. Dental bonding with composite resin is an option that can often be completed in one office visit. This procedure involves placing the composite resin over the surface of the tooth. This works well when you have several areas of discoloration that need to be covered up.

Veneers are another option that is great for severe tooth stains and white spots. A veneer is made from a thin piece of material that fits over your tooth. Most people prefer to place these on several of their front teeth to create a flawless smile.

The best way to eliminate white spots on your teeth depends upon multiple factors. We encourage you to share your concerns about the color of your teeth. From in-office teeth whitening to veneers, we’ve got an option that will make all of your teeth shine bright.