The Woodlands Dental Group:

Ragsdale Judith A DDS

1001 Medical Plaza Dr #350, Spring, TX 77380

(281) 803-8048

Post-Braces Management

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The day your child gets their braces off is an amazing day.  Sometimes, though, when the braces come off you see that those beautifully straight teeth have some unsightly white spots on them.  These spots are called areas of demineralization, and they are the beginnings of cavities.  Although they are permanent, we have some tricks to help them be less unsightly.

 

AFTER YOUR HEART DROPS: IMMEDIATE MANAGEMENT

We understand how disheartening it can be to see those beautifully straight teeth have white spots or bands.  Come see us as soon as you can, and we can do a simple procedure and give you a product which, if used in the few critical weeks to months after the braces come off, has the potential to help those areas fade somewhat.  For some children and teens, this minor intervention can cause the spots to fade to the point that they are not noticeable.

 

THEY WON’T GO AWAY: ICON, THE MINIMALLY INVASIVE APPROACH

For some children and teens, the spots fade somewhat, but not enough to be unnoticeable. Then we have a wonderful product which is essentially a sealant for the fronts of teeth. This product, which is called Icon, is a resin infiltration system. It has a reflective index closer to that of a natural tooth than the white spots (a fancy dental way of saying that it reflects light more like your tooth), so while it doesn’t correct the white spots, it does mask them. For many children and teens, this intervention can cause those white spots to fade to the point that they are no longer noticeable, and the product acts as an additional layer of protection to help those teeth avoid cavities.

 

OKAY, THEY REALLY WON’T GO AWAY: THE LAST RESORT

For some children and teens, even our resin infiltration system will not mask the spots as much as the teen or family desires.  This usually means that the demineralization spots have progressed to a greater extent than we would like.  If Icon resin infiltration fails to achieve the look you were hoping for, we can review the treatment options with your family.  If the lesions have not progressed to full-blown cavities, we can always watch them until your child is old enough to get veneers. If they have progressed, or if they make your child feel too self-conscious, we can discuss the option of filling those spots to ensure dental health and decrease their visibility.

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