What Is the Treatment for Hypocalcification After Braces?
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My son has had a lack of tooth enamel since birth. He is 16 now and wore braces for 16 months. Now that he is finished with braces, we are concerned about hypocalcification and white spots on his front teeth. He is self-conscious about the spots. Will insurance cover correcting the discoloration, or will they consider it cosmetic dentistry? What should I ask his pediatric dentist to do? – Thanks. Deidre
We understand your concerns and how the appearance of children’s teeth can affect their self-esteem and social interactions.
What Causes Hypocalcification After Braces?
Hypocalcification and white spots after braces usually result from bacterial overgrowth. Inadequate flossing and brushing between teeth and around braces leads to plaque buildup. Demineralized teeth can develop hypocalcification or decalcification.
What Is Hypocalcification?
Hypocalcification is a lack of calcium that thins and weakens tooth enamel. The condition results in tooth discoloration after braces. Your teeth can look chalky and develop white, yellow, or brown spots.
Will Dental Insurance Pay to Remove White Spots on Teeth?
Your dental insurance is likely obligated to provide coverage toward damaged tooth enamel. However, dental insurance pays for part of the cost, while you are responsible for the rest. Contact the dental insurance company to ask about plan benefits for correcting enamel loss after braces.
What Is the Treatment for White Spots on Teeth After Braces?
Treatment for white spots on teeth after braces depends on the extent of the damage and the teeth’s condition. Treatment options may include dental bonding or porcelain veneers if a child’s jaw growth is complete. Pediatric dentists ensure children’s teeth are healthy and can anticipate future problems as teeth and jaws develop. However, pediatric dentists are not trained to provide cosmetic dentistry and seamless tooth restoration.
How Can You Prevent Hypocalcification During Orthodontic Treatment?
You can prevent hypocalcification and enamel damage during orthodontic treatment with these steps:
- Avoid hard, sticky, or crunchy foods that can get stuck beneath or around brackets.
- Rinse your mouth with water after meals.
- Brush your teeth and floss between them regularly, focusing on areas around the brackets.
- Use an interdental brush to clean between brackets.
- Keep your regularly scheduled dental exam and cleaning appointments.
Schedule a consultation with a dentist with advanced cosmetic dentistry training who enjoys treating children. A dentist must understand how to layer and apply composites by hand to perfectly conceal the spots while matching the shade of adjacent teeth. Only a skilled cosmetic dentist can seamlessly apply bonding on front teeth and achieve a match.
Rocky Hill, Connecticut, cosmetic dentist Dr. Thaddeus Michalski sponsors this post.