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Resin Infiltration: Treating White Spots on Teeth

If you have white spots on your teeth, you are not alone. Many people have white spots on their teeth that cause them embarrassment because they look unattractive and may indicate to others that their teeth are damaged in some way. If you have white spots on your teeth, you may have been told in the past that they are difficult to get rid of without damaging your teeth. Fortunately, a recent innovation called resin infiltration can now remove white spots and restore your teeth to a natural, uniform color in one trip to our office.

The Icon Resin Infiltration Procedure

The Icon Smooth Surface treatment can resolve white spots on discolored teeth and reverse the effect of early cavities in one office visit without a drill or anesthesia. During Icon white spot removal, an etching material is applied to the teeth to open the pores in the enamel.

A thin layer of liquid resin is applied to the tooth’s surface and cured with a special light. The resin is selectively absorbed by the white spot lesions and any weakened areas of your tooth enamel, strengthening the teeth. The result is stronger teeth with a more uniform color.

Common Causes of White Spots on Your Teeth

The most common causes of white spots on your teeth include:

Post-Orthodontic Spots

Decalcification causes lesions on the teeth that are obvious after braces are removed. This can be a significant problem, but resin infiltration can even out the teeth’s color and prevent the formation of new white spots.

Mild to Moderate Fluorosis

Dental fluorosis can cause white, opaque-looking areas on teeth with pitted lesions on the tooth enamel. Resin infiltration can reverse the white appearance and smooth out the pitted appearance.

Enamel Hypoplasia

Defective tooth enamel can cause white spots on the teeth. If the enamel is hard but thin and deficient in minerals, it can lead to lesions on the teeth’s surface. Enamel hypoplasia can be caused by excessive antibiotic use, a poor diet, or develop in utero if the mother smokes.

Early Dental Caries

In their earliest stages, cavities can sometimes appear as white lesions on the surface of the affected teeth. Using Icon Resin Infiltration can prevent the cavity from worsening, protect the tooth from further decay, and restore the tooth’s appearance if treatment begins early.

Icon Smooth Surface Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is Icon Resin?

Icon resin is a mixture of biocompatible resins formulated in a gel form that quickly hardens when applied to the teeth. It remineralizes, refills, and hardens the tooth enamel. It is minimally invasive and does not require anesthesia or drilling.

Can you whiten your teeth after Icon Resin Infiltration?

Yes, but we recommend whitening your teeth at least two weeks before or after Icon Smooth Surface treatment for the best results. Teeth whitening too close to your treatment may cause the reappearance of white spot lesions.

Is Icon treatment worth it?

Yes! Icon Resin Infiltration smooths the surface of damaged teeth, restores the integrity and strength of the tooth enamel, and evens out the natural color of your teeth. It can also protect your teeth from future decay. However, for many patients, the improved appearance of their smile is more than enough reason to invest in Icon Resin Filtration!

How long does Icon Resin last?

Icon resin can last anywhere from 2-6 years on white spot lesions, but it does last longer for some patients. Retreatment can be done if needed.

Feeling self-conscious about white spots on your teeth?

Icon Smooth Surface Resin Infiltration may be the solution you’ve been seeking. Contact Red Oak Dentistry to schedule an evaluation by Dr. King and learn how we can transform your smile in one pain-free visit.

Call us: 919-781-8984