Does Orthodontic Treatment Leave Marks on Your Teeth?
White marks are permanentThese leftover marks from wearing braces are permanent and are due to decalcification. White marks are a result of plaque build-up resulting in leaching out of calcium and minerals from the outer enamel structure of the tooth. Plaques are made up of bacteria, food debris and polysaccharides and glycoproteins from saliva.
Preventing white marks
- Brushing effectively around the brackets after every meal or snack
- Flossing at least once a day
- Avoiding sugary and acidic foods and beverages for the duration of treatment
- Regular dental check-ups as recommended by your orthodontist