What is ICON™ White Spot Treatment?
When the enamel on a tooth becomes demineralized, either as a result of poor dental hygiene or early cavities or as a side effect of orthodontic treatment, chalky white spots can appear on the tooth. These are called white spot lesions, or WSLs, and they can have a negative impact on a person’s self-esteem or the aesthetic appearance of their smile. They can even be a contributing factor in early tooth decay or sensitivity. At Inverness Smiles, our dentist and team can address white spot lesions in a noninvasive, gentle fashion with ICON™ white spot treatment in Birmingham, Alabama.
The ICON treatment starts when Dr. John Aiken begins etching the spotted teeth with acid, opening micro-channels to the affected areas. This only takes about two to three minutes and is repeated until all the “microcavities” in the enamel are accessible. We will then use the micro-channels to apply the ultra-flowable infiltration resin (ICON), filling in the defects for a smooth, aesthetic final result. All without ever using a dental drill!
Why ICON Treatment?
There are many benefits to the ICON treatment, such as:
- Minimally invasive application — Unlike dental fillings, dental veneers or enamel micro-abrasion, using infiltration resin does not require any drilling, meaning as much of your natural tooth is preserved as possible.
- Beautiful results — Filling the microporosities of enamel lesions removes their whitish appearance, matching them smoothly to the surrounding enamel.
- No anesthesia required — Because infiltration resin treatment is painless, and because our team uses rubber dams as a protective layer from the acid used in the treatment, there is no need for anesthesia or recovery time.
- No micro-abrasion required — Micro-abrasion is occasionally used to address fluorosis or white spot lesions, but it is more invasive and not as effective as ICON infiltration resin.
- Affordable care — Dental veneers, which only last 15 to 20 years before needing to be replaced, can cost about $1,500 per tooth. Because there is no need for anesthetic, it is cheaper for patients both in the long run and in the short term.
After your treatment, you can expect some sensitivity to hot or cold foods and drinks for a few days, but this will dissipate. Our team will give you thorough directions on what foods to avoid immediately following your treatment and will answer any remaining post-treatment questions you may have. As usual, your regular check-ups with Dr. Aiken will be an important step in making sure your results last you for years to come. In addition to your six-month cleanings and exams, we may recommend that you return to our office for annual touch-ups.
We love seeing our patients leave our office with beautiful new smiles, and thanks to cutting-edge cosmetic treatments like ICON white spot treatment, we can do just that!
Frequently Asked Questions
What causes the white spots on teeth?
One common cause of white spots is too much consumption of fluoride, also known as dental fluorosis. This most often starts during childhood. Other causes may be a low-calcium diet, high fever and medications, smoking during pregnancy or braces.
How long do results last?
This depends on the patient, and results can last anywhere from two months to multiple years. To make sure your results last as long as possible, it is important to keep up your routine dental appointments and maintain a proper oral hygiene routine at home. The results are not permanent, but touch-ups can easily be provided to help you maintain your beautiful new smile.
Want to learn more about ICON white spot treatment? Feel free to call our team at 205-995-3989 to schedule your consultation with our dentist. We look forward to seeing you soon!