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Decalcified teeth around braces

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Patient
Posted by: Apollo11  (8 years ago)
Hello!

Two weeks ago, I went to the orthodontist to get my braces off. When he stripped down all of the wires, the white decalcification marks around the brackets were revealed. I was so shocked to see them. The last time I visited my orthodontist , which was a month ago, he said my teeth looked good, I just have to brush better. I have always brushed and flossed and I was wondering why I would have this condition. The dentist said nothing can be done about decalcification marks. They are permanent. Bleaching will make them stand out more. Is there anything that will work to make them at least less noticeable? I am contemplating having my teeth veneered or crowned. What are your thoughts on this? I would be grateful for any suggestions.:-)
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Posted by: ghnane  (8 years ago)
Hello Apollo11,

The good news is that your oral hygiene helped remineralize the enamel on your teeth, but since remineralization is not exactly done the same way as when your tooth begins to form your will see the white spots/chalky looking on the surfaces of your teeth. You are healthy and maintaining natural tooth structure is crucial. Having crowns and veneers means reducing/preparing your healthy teeth to put those on. It is also very costly. Are your white marks too obvious? I would not do anything if I was in your situation.
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Posted by: ghnane  (8 years ago)
Do your teeth look similar to this radiograph? This is also a post braces appearance.
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Posted by: Apollo11  (8 years ago)
Hello ghnane,

Yes, that's how my teeth look like. The white marks are very obvious. I appreciate your prompt response.
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Posted by: ghnane  (8 years ago)
All right! Try this first see if it works for you it is the least invasive method. First bleach the yellow tooth whiter then remineralize with MI paste this splits the difference. If you decide to try please let me know of your results.
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Posted by: Apollo11  (8 years ago)
Thank you for the advice!I will try this and will update you of the result.:-)
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