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The day that braces are removed is usually very exciting for the patient, whether they are a teen or an adult. Finally, they will be able to eat what they want and not worry about popped brackets. That excitement can be nullified somewhat if the braces are removed and then there are white spots on the fronts of your teeth. What causes this and what can be done about it? It’s actually a common problem due to demineralization on the surfaces of the teeth.

How it begins

The white spots begin well before the day you have your braces removed. If you do not take proper care of your teeth and follow the orthodontists’ instruction for dental hygiene, then this will almost guarantee the white spots on your teeth.

Fluoride can help to reduce the risk of white spots during the use of braces. The most common fluoride recommend is in the form of prescription strength toothpastes and mouth rinses. If you use fluoride treatments, make sure you follow instructions from your orthodontist.

Of course, even if you do take proper care of your teeth, there is still a chance of the spots appearing after the braces removal. However, there are things that can be done to ensure the spots are not too noticeable.


Most of the time, you will not need anything as drastic as a filling. Additionally, the spots may fade somewhat over time all on their own. However, they will never go away completely. There are certain types of treatments that can be done to make your teeth look great again. If the demineralization is just on the surface, you can have treatments to remove the spots. In more severe cases, veneers and other treatments can be used to mask the spots.

White spots on your teeth can be an unfortunate side effect of braces; however, the risk of this happening is worth the repair that braces can actually do to your smile. As long as you take proper care of your teeth while you have braces, then you can significantly reduce the chance of this problem occurring. If you find that you have white spots even after proper care, then various treatments are available to correct the problem. Simply talk to your dentist or orthodontist to determine what treatment should be used. In many cases, it only takes some minor surface work to restore your beautiful smile.