What Is An ICON White Spot Removal Procedure? How Can It Help My Smile?
Most people try their best to keep their teeth white and shining for a radiant and healthy appearing smile. While this can be a sign of very good dental health, it’s normal to feel self-conscious about spots that are very white and noticeable– especially in areas that are visible when you smile. This is because white spots can be drastically different in color than the rest of your teeth, meaning it can feel like it’s the first thing anyone sees.
In the past, the most comprehensive way to address white spots was through drilling out the area and replacing it with composite, tooth-colored resin. This was much more uncomfortable and invasive than modern-day techniques. Additionally, white spots could be covered by other restorative options like veneers or crowns, but this came at a high cost and a long wait while these devices were fabricated in a lab. Fortunately, ICON is a revolutionary approach to cosmetically treating white spots on teeth without drilling or covering the teeth with dental prosthetics.
Today, ICON uses resin infiltration as a minimally invasive restorative technique for both post-ortho white spots and congenital hypocalcified enamel lesions. This comes with a lot of benefits, including no discomfort or pain, no anesthetic needed, and noticeable results after a single session. Additionally, it does not use abrasive techniques which can be damaging to your enamel. With quick and easy treatment at our Manhattan office and the help of our cosmetic team, you can enjoy a transformed smile with our best white spot removal treatments.
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Causes of White Spots
Especially in the case of acidic foods and drinks, your diet can begin to affect your teeth’ cosmetic appearance. Acidic foods can begin to break down enamel over time, and sugary foods can lead to plaque buildup which erodes enamel if left untreated. Finally, patients who often suffer from acid reflux can begin to experience white spots when regular exposure to acid from the gastrointestinal system can break down enamel.
Fluoride is extremely important in strengthening your teeth to prevent decay and wear over your lifetime. Unfortunately, too much fluoride can have a negative effect on your smile’s appearance, especially in children when their teeth are still developing. This is called fluorosis and can result in white spots all over the teeth.
This condition means that you have less enamel than normal as a result of mineral loss in the teeth. This usually happens because of a nutritional deficiency caused by factors like your diet, taking certain medications, and even some autoimmune disorders. It can also occur during pregnancy, meaning some people are simply born with it.
Whether the result of poor brushing habits or orthodontic devices like traditional braces, plaque can build up and cause demineralization of the teeth. Plaque is simply bacteria that begin to break down enamel over time. The result is white spots which are often very visible after the brackets are removed or along the gumline.
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Her Manhattan Team
To learn more about White Spot Removal in Manhattan and your treatment options, contact our office for an appointment by calling or filling out our online form. Dr. Inna Chern and her team will personally work with you to plan your best treatment options and restore the function and beauty of your smile.
White Spot Removal FAQs
How long does it take to remove white spots on teeth?
Its possible for white spots to fade over time, but it can take many years. Your dentist can recommend faster and more effective ways to fade white spots.
How long does ICON white spot treatment last?
ICON can produce results for 2 years or more, depending on your at-home care.
Can white spots be removed?
White spots can be removed with professional-grade treatments like ICON. Your dentist can help you understand your options for white spot removal during an appointment.
How do dentist remove white spots?
There are a few ways that your dentist can remove white spots, but the most effective option is ICON. Its pain-free and uses a specialized resin to fade white spots rather than abrading the enamel like other treatments.
Can you repeat ICON treatment?
Yes! You can repeat ICON as needed to fade white spots. Your dentist can recommend how often to return for treatment based on your needs and customized treatment plan.
How long does ICON treatment take to work?
ICON takes 45 minutes to 1 hour to work. Youll see results instantly after treatment.
Are white spots on teeth permanent?
White spots can be professionally removed using a variety of treatment options. They can fade over time if the underlying causes are addressed, but it can take many years.
Will the white spots on my teeth go away after whitening?
Whitening treatments can sometimes worsen the appearance of white spots. Its best to consult your dentist for the best way to whiten your teeth and get rid of white spots.
Can you whiten teeth after ICON treatment?
Yes! You may need to wait for a period of time before undergoing teeth whitening treatments, but your dentist can help you plan your white spot removal and teeth whitening treatments accordingly.
How does ICON teeth treatment work?
ICON uses a specialized resin that can infiltrate enamel without damaging it. Its pain-free and comes with no downtime afterward.
Why do teeth get white spots?
There are many possible causes of white spots on teeth, including vitamin deficiency, excess fluoride, infections and diseases, trauma to teeth, consuming many sugary or acidic foods and drinks, dry mouth, plaque, poor dental hygiene, and more.
Are white spots on teeth cavities?
A white spot can be a sign of tooth decay when the enamel surface on the teeth is so damaged that the dentin lay is exposed to bacteria in the mouth.
Are white spots removable?
Yes, white spots are treatable. Dr. Chern works with each patient to create the best treatment plan for their individual teeth.
How long does it take for white spots to form?
It can take about four weeks for white spots to form on the teeth.
Can you repeat the ICON treatment?
ICON is a non-invasive procedure that can be repeated, as needed, to maintain optimal esthetics and enamel protection.
The ICON Treatment Process and What To Expect
Your ICON Appointment (30-60 minutes)
- You’ll meet with Dr. Chern and discuss your cosmetic goals for white spot removal, as well as any medical or lifestyle factors that may be causing white spots. Dr. Chern can discuss the best steps for you to prevent more white spots in the future.
- Your white spots will be examined by Dr. Chern and photographs will be taken to track your progress.
- A protective barrier is placed on the affected teeth.
- An etching solution is placed on the teeth and rinsed; this process is repeated as necessary until the spot minimizes.
- The teeth are dried and a resin infiltrant is placed on the area.
- The area is light-cured and polished for a final luster.
- Post-ICON photographs are taken so that you can see your before-and-after transformation. Then, you’ll be given instructions to care for your teeth and maintain your new look. Once complete, you can return home.
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Caring For Your ICON Treatment Results
Taking good care of your teeth after an ICON treatment is very important in ensuring you don’t experience more white spots. However, if they do redevelop, you can return for re-treatment with ICON. It’s recommended to avoid teeth whitening treatments in close proximity to ICON treatment since this can make white spots reappear. Whitening can be done a few weeks prior to or following ICON. Dr. Chern will go over your specific care instructions, but you can follow these care tips for a long-lasting, beautiful smile:
- Eat a healthy diet (avoid having too many sweets and soft drinks)
- See your dentist regularly (every 4-6 months) for a hygiene appointment
- Brush your teeth twice daily for 2 minutes with a soft or electric toothbrush
- Floss every day or use a water flosser (Waterpik)
- Talk with Dr. Chern about any medical concerns that might affect your enamel
What Makes Our Office the Right Fit for Your Dental Needs?
We never take a one-size-fits-all approach to your oral health. Dr. Chern will evaluate your teeth and gums, working closely with our team to create a custom solution.
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