My dentist wants to use microabrasion on my daughter's teeth because she has white spots on her teeth. What is this, and does it work?

—Sandra


Sandra:

Yes, microabrasion does work. It involves having the dentist rub a slurry of pumice and acid on the teeth, and it seems to work miracles for certain types of white spots. But it doesn't remove all white spots.


microabrasionTo the left are before-and-after photographs of what the results of microabrasion treatments look like. The photos were taken from a web site talking about GC's product, Tooth Mousse, and said that this product was used along with the microabrasion. The results, however, look to me to be very similar to what you would see with just microabrasion. Notice that the spots are gone, but that the teeth have a generally darker color to them.


Tooth bonding
would be a way to treat these lighter-colored areas without making the teeth darker. Or porcelain veneers could be used to cover the fronts of the teeth to create a really beautiful smile.


—Dr. Hall


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