White Spot Dental Treatment!
At Balham Dental Studio, we’re proud to offer ICON, a revolutionary, single-visit, no drilling, injection-free treatment to remove white spots and improve the aesthetics of your smile all in one appointment.
What are white spots and what causes them?
White spots are areas of enamel (the outer layer of the tooth) that have a different mineral structure. As light hits these areas, it reacts differently to normal enamel and causes a whiter appearance.
White spots are very common and have lots of causes including:
– Fluorosis (excess fluoride consumption up to the age of 8)
– Decalcification (loss of mineral) of the enamel, which can be caused by plaque-accumulation around metal brace brackets or with poor brushing technique
– Developmental conditions such as molar incisor hypomineralisation, enamel hypoplasia and amelogensis imperfecta
How does ICON work?
ICON is an unfilled resin (a liquid version of white filling material) that fills areas of enamel with different mineral structure to mask white spots instantly.
A special gel is applied to the enamel to open the pores to allow the resin in and it is set immediately with a light at the end.
Does tooth whitening help?
White spots can be confused with areas of staining and people often feel whitening may work to mask them. Unfortunately, tooth whitening has little effect on white spots and can actually make them stand out more.
If you wish to whiten your teeth, we recommend two-weeks at-home whitening prior to ICON treatment.
Is ICON safe?
ICON is a very safe and effective treatment, it is even used to stop early decay in back teeth! There is no drilling or anaesthetic required and results are the same day.
Am I suitable for ICON treatment?
At Balham Dental Studio, we welcome you with open arms and if you’d like to chat about ICON white spot removal please book a consultation with one of our clinicians.