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After-Whitening FAQ's

These are some after-whitening questions that can come up.  Not everyone who has had braces or who grew up with fluoridated water will have these issues.  Everyone's teeth are different and may respond differently.

Why do I have white spots on my teeth? 

The white spots on your teeth weren't caused by the whitening process.  In fact, they were there before your teeth were whitened, but were not as noticeable.  They are areas of hypo-calcified enamel. It is normal that certain areas of a tooth that are decalcified will respond and whiten more rapidly than the surrounding tooth structure. The rest of the tooth eventually catches up with the spots and will become more uniform in color as one continues to bleach. Since the tooth is dehydrated immediately after the procedure, the white spots are even more prominent.  As the tooth rehydrate over the next few days the white spots calm down and have a much better appearance. You should see the color of your teeth blend in days if not hours.

The remineralization gel will help to improve the white spots as it has calcium phosphate, which helps to remineralize your teeth.  You should use it everyday for the next couple weeks to help with the white spots.

What causes the white spots? 

White spots are the result of numerous factors, beginning with fluorosis, the most common kind; this condition damages the enamel of the tooth from excessive intake of fluoride mainly from children before their teeth are fully developed. During the growth process of a tooth, excessive calcium gets released which results in white spots on the enamel.
White spots can also appear because of mineral loss in the tooth, a condition referred to as hypocalcification, with the white spots themselves referred to as hypoplasia. Another known cause originates from poor oral health around braces, as white spots can develop once braces are removed.