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White Spots with ICON

Cosmetically remove white spot lesions in just one visit!

 

  • Icon offers a revolutionary approach to the cosmetic treatment of carious white spot lesions.
  • Lesions infiltrated by Icon take on the appearance of the surrounding healthy enamel. This provides a highly aesthetic alternative to micro-abrasion and restorative treatments of cariogenic white spots – all in one simple treatment, with no drilling! no pain, no unnecessary damage of healthy tooth structure.

Many people mistake the white spots or mottled appearance of their teeth for staining and think that the overall colour of the tooth can be improved by teeth whitening, however this would have little effect as the white spots will still remain a lighter colour than the rest of the tooth.

ICON can arrest the progression of early enamel lesions (caries) and white spot caries-like lesions. Treated lesions lose whitish appearance and look like healthy enamel.

In the past, the only way to treat teeth with white lesions was to cover these up with composite bonding, crowns or veneers. These types of treatments require the removal or destruction of healthy tooth material and are not favoured by modern dentists.

  • Now we offer able to offer a permanent treatment called ICON which can restore the natural colour of your tooth with no need to drilling.
  • This minimally invasive technique uses a process of infiltration to blend the white spots in with the rest of the tooth.
  • Treat single teeth or the whole mouth.
  • You are still able to lighten your teeth with teeth whitening at any time.

ICON is a white spot removal treatment which doesn’t involve any drilling or removal of a healthy part of tooth.
This works by infiltrating the pores of the tooth where the white spot is located via a tooth-coloured resin. A special gel is applied to the white spot to open up the pores, to enable a deep penetration of the resin. The resin is then light-cured, while the white spot infiltrated by the resin takes on the appearance of the surrounding healthy enamel. The resin also blocks acids that can make enamel wear away,  and it can help preserves the tooth from additional decay. This results in a beautiful, healthy and aesthetically pleasing all over white smile.
The beauty of Icon White Spot Treatment is that due to it’s minimally invasive technique, no drills are used and no anaesthetic is necessary; the whole process is done relatively quickly.

ICON video courtesy of Dr S.Chard

Why previous treatments fall short:
* Fluoride therapy – not always effective in the advanced stages
* Fillings, veneers, crowns – almost always sacrifices signinicant amounts of healthy tooth structure.
* Teeth whitening will mask the lesion but has to be reapplied annually. 


White spots can be caused by many issues such as:
* Trauma/illness – any trauma or illness experience as a child may lead to white spots on adult teeth.
* Decalcification of the enamel – this is the loss of minerals from the enamel. This can occur due to due to poor cleaning, allowing the acid in the plaque to sit on the enamel structure long enough that it starts leeching out the calcium from the enamel. Wearing braces can increase decalcification due to the difficulty in brushing under and around the brackets. Dry mouth may also cause areas of decalcification.
* Fluorosis -Consuming too much fluoride as a child when the permanent teeth are being formed can lead to fluorosis, resulting in discolouration or enamel spots.

ICON Procedure

ICON is a white spot removal treatment which doesn’t involve any drilling or removal of a healthy part of tooth.
This works by infiltrating the pores of the tooth where the white spot is located via a tooth-coloured resin. A special gel is applied to the white spot to open up the pores, to enable a deep penetration of the resin. The resin is then light-cured, while the white spot infiltrated by the resin takes on the appearance of the surrounding healthy enamel. The resin also blocks acids that can make enamel wear away,  and it can help preserves the tooth from additional decay. This results in a beautiful, healthy and aesthetically pleasing all over white smile.
The beauty of Icon White Spot Treatment is that due to it’s minimally invasive technique, no drills are used and no anaesthetic is necessary; the whole process is done relatively quickly.

ICON video courtesy of Dr S.Chard

Alternatives

Why previous treatments fall short:
* Fluoride therapy – not always effective in the advanced stages
* Fillings, veneers, crowns – almost always sacrifices signinicant amounts of healthy tooth structure.
* Teeth whitening will mask the lesion but has to be reapplied annually. 


What causes White Spots?

White spots can be caused by many issues such as:
* Trauma/illness – any trauma or illness experience as a child may lead to white spots on adult teeth.
* Decalcification of the enamel – this is the loss of minerals from the enamel. This can occur due to due to poor cleaning, allowing the acid in the plaque to sit on the enamel structure long enough that it starts leeching out the calcium from the enamel. Wearing braces can increase decalcification due to the difficulty in brushing under and around the brackets. Dry mouth may also cause areas of decalcification.
* Fluorosis -Consuming too much fluoride as a child when the permanent teeth are being formed can lead to fluorosis, resulting in discolouration or enamel spots.

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