Before, during, after braces/orthodontics you should use a remineralising toothpaste!
Orthodontics can cause damage to your teeth. It is recommended that teeth are remineralised prior to placement and exemplary oral care practised to minimise the development of callous lesions which could turn into cavities.
The British Dental Journal[i] recommends that before braces/orthodontics are applied, patients should have an extremely high standard of oral hygiene. It is essential that all carious (decay) lesions are repaired prior to treatments commencing.
A significant proportion of the population have white spots on their teeth? Most of these lesions are actually the early stages of decay if left unchecked can cause cavitation of the tooth. Orthodontics is highly likely to worsen the situation, with research suggesting that up to 96% of orthodontics patients ending up with some form of damage (demineralisation) [ii].
Demineralisation of the enamel surface adjacent to bracesIV.
Good news, there is a natural repair process of demineralisation called remineralisation. Calcium and phosphate are the building blocks of teeth, they are found naturally in saliva and can be deposited on the tooths surface to repair the demineralisation that has occurred. Natural remineralisation, however, is a very slow process, with some studies suggesting only a 30% success rate and taking up to 6 years.[iii]. Success can be inhibited by acidic and modern diets, which keep the demineralisation rates greater than remineralisation rates, leading to lesions and ultimately ending in cavitation.
A good remineralising toothpaste containing phosphate and calcium and preferably fluoride can help speed up the repair process, with white spot lesions becoming noticeably reduced in months. BioMin F is a leading remineralising toothpaste, with a unique slow release mechanism that delivers calcium and phosphate to the tooth over a prolonged period. BioMin F can help stop early decay, repair, strengthen and protect the tooths enamel. Testing conducted at Queen Mary University of London showed that the remineralisation/repair rate of BioMin F to be significantly higher than saliva alone and the remineralisation rate of leading competitive brands tested.
BioMin F was developed by Professor Hill’s team at Queen Mary University of London, delivering calcium and phosphate to the tooth to drive a high remineralisation rate has taken many years of award-winning research and development.
[i] Travess et al, Orthodontics Part 6: Risks in Orthodontic treatment. British Dental Journal 2001 Vol 196
[ii] Chang HS, Walsh LJ, Freer TJ. Enamel demineralisation during orthodontic treatment. Aetiology and prevention. Aus Dent J 1997; 42: 322–327.
[iii] Garcia-Godoy, Maintaining the integrity of the enamel surface. JADA 2008:139
[iv] Marwan Mouakeh, Academic Consultant &General Supervisor at Al-Hokail Polyclinic Academy Feb 2015