White spots around braces?

If you fail to take care of your teeth while you are wearing braces, you could end up with vibrant white spots. You can prevent any of these white spots forming by proper brushing and flossing.

What is the Cause of White Spots?

The white spots that develop on your teeth while you are wearing braces are a result of poor oral hygiene. When you don’t properly brush and floss food particles, bacteria will start to build up around the brackets of your braces. If the food particles and bacteria are left sitting around, the bacteria will eventually cause your teeth to start to lose valuable minerals. The loss of valuable minerals, which is a process known as decalcification, causes bright white spots to form.

There is a reason why your orthodontist always reminds you to brush and floss regularly while you are undergoing orthodontic treatment. One reason it is so important to maintain your oral health is that you want to prevent decalcification, which can also lead to decay.

Proper brushing and flossing will help you to remove any food particles, bacteria, and plaque that are starting to accumulate around the brackets of your braces.

While you are wearing braces you should be doing the following things:

  • Brushing for a minimum of two minutes – spending less time brushing won’t allow you to properly remove plaque, bacteria, and food particles

  • Brush after every meal and snack – if you are unable to brush after a meal or when snacking, at least try to brush your teeth two to three times a day

  • Use small circular motions when brushing, as this will provide the power to remove plaque, bacteria and food particles, but it won’t damage your gums or teeth

  • Floss at least once a day

  • Remove any large visible food particles from around your braces – if you can’t properly brush, at least remove food from the wires and brackets

  • Use a specialized dental tool to ensure you are cleaning those hard-to-reach areas

  • Make sure to brush around the gum line


We give a waterpik to each of our patients. A waterpik can help you clean any hard-to-reach areas in your mouth. Using a waterpik in addition to regular brushing will make sure that all food particles, bacteria, and plaque are being removed. This way, your chances of developing white spots on your teeth is significantly decreased.

See Your General Dentist Every 6 Months

Just because you are regularly visiting your orthodontist, doesn’t mean you no longer have to visit your general dentist. You will still need to visit your regular dentist a minimum of once every six months in order to get a professional cleaning. Regular professional cleanings can help prevent decalcification by removing any hardened plaque that may be building up around the brackets.