White spots and circles on teeth are known as decalcification or demineralization. Unfortunately, white circles on teeth can be a common concern for individuals undergoing orthodontic treatment.
At William R. Kincer – Orthodontist, we specialize in providing comprehensive orthodontic care, and we understand the importance of maintaining optimal oral health throughout your treatment. Let’s explore how people can develop white circles around their braces and how you can prevent them.
The white circles that appear around braces are caused by demineralization. Demineralization occurs when plaque builds up on the teeth and interacts with sugars and carbohydrates from your food, producing acids that erode the tooth enamel. Braces create areas that are more challenging to clean, providing a haven for plaque to accumulate around the brackets. If you’re not cleaning around your braces very well, these areas can be prone to demineralization, resulting in white spots or circles on the teeth.
Preventing white circles around braces starts with excellent oral hygiene practices and fluoride. Brush your teeth thoroughly after every meal, using a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. Pay extra attention to cleaning around the brackets and wires, using gentle, circular motions to remove plaque effectively. Additionally, flossing with specialized tools like floss threaders or interdental brushes is essential to clean between the teeth and around the brackets. Using fluoride on a routine basis can help remineralize early areas of demineralization, but it won’t reverse white spots once they’ve already formed.
Regular dental visits are crucial for monitoring the health of your teeth during orthodontic treatment. During your evaluations, we’ll help you take steps to protect your teeth from demineralization and the development of white circles around your braces.
Our experienced orthodontic team is here to help you succeed when it comes to creating a beautiful and healthy smile throughout your braces journey. Call the office of Dr. William R. Kincer today to reserve your first visit with us!