Icon White Spot Treatment
Do you suffer from white spots or mottling on your teeth!
At the Harley Street Dental Clinic we're using a revolutionary treatment called Icon, which can improve the appearance of white's spots or a mottled appearance of teeth without an injection or drilling.
In this case unsightly white spots on the patients upper teeth were bothering her so a non-invasive approach of ICON treatment was provided with no drilling and no injections to remove these flecks and restore a much improved finish to the smile.
What causes white spots?
White spots on teeth are very common. They may be caused due to a lack of calcium (Hypocalcification) in areas of tooth enamel. There are many reasons for white spots to form including
- Fluorosis – this occurs when there is a very high fluoride intake when the adult teeth are developing.
- Family genetics
- Wearing braces causing decalcification – this is the loss of minerals from the enamel and can occur during fixed braced treatment if there has been a lapse in excellent oral hygiene around the brackets as it is difficult to brush your teeth.
- Enamel erosion due to plaque
- Molar or Incisal Hypoplasia
- Acid reflux
- White spots on adult teeth due to trauma as a baby
How can they be treated?
In the past, the primary approach to the treatment of white spots is remineralization using pastes, creams, and topical treatments. Some of these include fluoride therapy or some form of calcium phosphate paste. Teeth whitening may also be used as an option to alleviate the appearance of these white lesions, but this would have little effect, as the white spots will still remain a lighter colour than the rest of the tooth.Other more invasive approaches to dealing with white spot lesions include, composite bonding restorations, and veneers or crowns, however these types of treatment require the removal or destruction of healthy tooth material and are not favoured in dentistry now.
At the Harley Street Dental Clinic we offer a treatment called Icon, which can restore the natural colour of your tooth with no need to drilling or have an injection. This minimally invasive technique uses a process of infiltration to blend the white spots in with the rest of the tooth.
In this case we had a complex situation of fluorosis, long central incisors and small lateral incisors. Dr Glaister utilised Invisalign to reposition the upper incisors, enlighten whitening and ICON to brighten the teeth and reduce the mottling then cosmetic bonding to perfect the shape of the smile