What good are straight teeth if they have cavities?!?! “White Spot Lesions” are a type of early (but permanent) cavity that forms in orthodontic patients when home care is not good. If we ever notice that your home care might be causing damage to your gums or teeth, we are going to take the following steps:
The 1st warning will be given when we notice the gum tissue starting to become irritated and puffy. We will provide oral hygiene instructions with the hope that you will turn things around.
The 2nd warning will be given when there has been minimal or no improvement in oral hygiene habits since last appointment. We will provide oral hygiene instructions again, with the hope you’ll turn things around.
The 3rd and FINAL warning will be given when has been minimal or no improvement in oral hygiene habits since last appointment and there are signs of permanent “white spots” forming on your teeth. We will provide oral hygiene instructions again, but this time we will be removing the wires from your braces. You will have to return to our office in 2-3 weeks for another oral hygiene check.
Braces removal will occur if no oral hygiene approval has been seen. This is not a punishment. Rather, we care enough about you that we don’t want to see your teeth permanently disfigured from cavities. Perhaps you will be able to continue braces at a later date when you are able to take better care of your teeth and gums.
Additional note: Parents MUST play an active role in the oral hygiene of their children. When we issue oral hygiene warnings, parents all too often point at the child and state: “Did you hear what they just said?” It is important for parents to understand that dental health is a partnership between the patient, the office AND the parent. If your child is struggling with their home dental care, we will give you all of the tools to assist and supervise them so that they can see the end of treatment and a beautiful, cavity-free result. Failure do so has lifelong consequences.