I went to someone who advertised as providing affordable braces. His prices were less than the other orthodontists we checked out. After her braces were removed, we noticed there are white spots on her teeth where it looks like maybe the enamel eroded. Did going to a cheap orthodontist do this? Is there a way to fix the damage?
I don’t think it was the orthodontist. You can get affordable braces and nothing go wrong. You can also get expensive braces and have the same issue take place. The white spots you are seeing are evidence of decalcification. It is the result of those areas of the teeth not getting cleaned thoroughly enough.
I don’t know what advice your orthodontist gave your daughter, but braces require thorough cleaning, after every meal. It is very easy for food to get trapped in those metal wires and brackets. Decalcification is a pre-cursor to cavities because it is weakened enamel. So, you want to deal with it. The first thing I would try is tooth mousse. It is designed to help with decalcification. Some people have had great success using it and it is less expensive than your other option.
If that doesn’t work, dental bonding is the next option. You will need to find a cosmetic dentist for this who is experienced with this type of procedure. It will mean gently removing the decalcified spots and replacing them with the composite bonding material.
An Alternative to Traditional Braces
Because of the difficulties which often follow with using traditional braces, we also offer Invisalign. These use clear aligners instead of metal wires and brackets. The aligners are not attached the way braces are. They’re removable. This makes it easier for patients to brush their teeth more effectively.
The downside with teenagers, though, is they are easily lost because they are removable. Another issue we often see is young patients don’t always comply by keeping them in the required amount of time. If they’re not wearing them, they’re teeth take longer for the treatment to work. I always recommend parents evaluate the responsibility levels of their children and decide which option is better for them.
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