How to Avoid White Spots on Teeth
Diamond Braces provides all Invisalign patients with Gel-Kam tooth-paste: this is a special fluoride treatment that helps protect the enamel on your teeth, to avoid white spots. This treatment can have excellent benefits for your dental health and help prevent white spots throughout your braces or Invisalign treatment.
In this video, Diamond Braces dental hygienist Kimberly explains how to properly use Gel-Kam to avoid white spots on teeth.
Why Do I Have White Spots on My Teeth?
White spots can appear on your teeth for several different reasons. It may relate to improper brushing and flossing habits, which leads to bacterial growth and plaque build-up. Or it could also relate to damaged enamel, from eating too much acidic or sugary food and drink. In some cases, it can also relate to a surplus of fluoride – this is more common in children who may have swallowed too much toothpaste.
To prevent white spots on teeth, during braces care and beyond, it's important to keep your teeth clean, fresh, and healthy. Follow all brushing and flossing instructions from your orthodontist, and visit your general dentist regularly for cleanings and check-ups. Improper dental hygiene can lead to dental decay, as well as staining or discoloration!
To prevent white stains on your teeth, Diamond Braces also provides patients with Gel-Kam, a Colgate brand paste fortified with fluoride to help protect your tooth enamel.
Note: Consult with your dentist or orthodontist before treating children younger than 12 years old with Gel-Kam.
What is Gel-Kam Fluoride Treatment?
Gel-Kam is a specialized medical toothpaste fortified with fluoride to strengthen the dental enamel and protect your teeth, during Invisalign treatment and beyond! It helps keep your teeth strong and reduces the possibility of white spots on your teeth.
Diamond Braces provides patients with a tube of Gel-Kam, but you can also buy more over the corner at your local pharmacy.
Gel-Kam is safe and easy to use, and is a great healthy part of your regular oral hygiene! Don't forget to brush and floss daily, and go to the dentist for regular check-ups and cleanings.
How to Use Gel-Kam to Prevent White Spots
Use Gel-Kam at night throughout your braces or Invisalign treatment.
1. Brush your teeth, floss, and rinse as you normally do
2. Apply Gel-Kam on your toothbrush, and brush again as you would with toothpaste
3. Spit out, but do not rinse: leaving a thin layer of Gel-Kam on your teeth overnight will help protect your dental enamel and reduce the potential for white spots to appear.
4. If you have Invisalign, wear your aligners normally to sleep. Braces will not be affected by the Gel-Kam, but your teeth will benefit from the fluoride treatment!
If you have questions about Gel-Kam, you can ask your orthodontist for more information. Regular use will help keep your teeth fresh, healthy, and smiling!