ICON Therapy

Errant white spots dotting the surface of your child’s teeth can be significant flaws in an otherwise beautiful smile. They can also indicate a problem with the structure of the teeth. Therefore, it’s important to address this issue to improve a child’s self-esteem and oral health.

We offer a non-invasive treatment approach called ICON Therapy that eliminates such spots and restores the tooth using resin infiltration, which is discussed in greater detail below.

If you want to address white spots on your child’s teeth, call our office to schedule a consultation and learn more about ICON Therapy.

How White Spots Develop On The Teeth

While we generally prefer teeth to be white and bright, white spots on the teeth that are a different shade than the surrounding enamel can be unattractive, especially when they are visible on the highly noticeable anterior teeth.

Such white spots can result from several issues:

  • Dental fluorosis
  • Enamel hypoplasia
  • Post-orthodontic lesions

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With dental fluorosis, white spots show up on the teeth in response to excessive fluoride exposure during development.

Similarly, enamel hypoplasia sometimes referred to as “enamel bruising,” occurs during improper development of the tooth enamel. However, this condition is sometimes the result of a genetic variation or in response to issues during pregnancy, such as a maternal vitamin D deficiency.

Patients may develop white spots on their teeth during orthodontic treatment because of poor dental hygiene that eventually leads to an imbalance of demineralization and remineralization, and they look white due to the scattering of the light when it hits the area under the surface of the lesions.

Post-orthodontic white spot lesions are quite common, occurring in up to 97 percent of orthodontic patients, according to some studies.

ICON Therapy: A Solution To Boost Your Smile’s Appearance

Not only do these white spots detract from the smile’s appearance, but they also can increase a patient’s risk of oral health problems and structural issues with the teeth. The spots can even turn yellow or brown if the mineralization imbalance persists.

Therefore, it is important to address them as soon as possible. We do so using an innovative treatment known as ICON Therapy.

The ICON system etches the tooth to remove the white spot then uses resin infiltration to replace that enamel and bolster the teeth. This means that the resin material is drawn into the tooth via capillary forces to fill the voids left behind by the etching.

The resin material, which is light-cured after the tooth has absorbed it, is specifically designed to mimic the appearance of the surrounding enamel for a lifelike aesthetic result.

Benefits Of ICON Therapy

Other approaches could be used to address white spots on the teeth, but they fall short in many ways.

Patients could turn to teeth whitening treatments to even out the shade of their teeth, but the results of such treatments aren’t permanent, and they may not even be effective in all cases. Crowns, fillings, or other restorations could be used, but they require alterations to the child’s tooth.

ICON Therapy leaves the tooth intact, and it’s much more likely to reduce or even eliminate the undesirable white spot. Parents get the peace of mind of knowing that their child’s teeth won’t be compromised as a result of the treatment.

ICON Therapy is an attractive alternative to quickly eliminate such lesions. As such, many parents choose ICON Therapy for their children because they appreciate all of the benefits offered by this intervention. ICON Therapy is:

  • Simple
  • Durable (lasting for at least two years)
  • Minimally invasive and does not require drilling or anesthesia
  • Painless

  • Affordable
  • Easy to tolerate
  • Typically completed in a single appointment that lasts an hour or less

Can ICON benefit your child? Schedule a consultation at Belterra Kids Teeth to find out.