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HomeAnswersDentistrydental abrasionCan the use of retainers or excessive brushing wear down my teeth?

What is the cause and treatment of wearing down of orthodontically-treated teeth?

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Dr. Beryl F

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Published At December 24, 2022
Reviewed AtDecember 24, 2022

Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

I observed horizontal wear on my tooth surface while brushing my teeth. I have had my braces. Is it because of the retainers that had abraded my teeth?

Please help.

Answered by Dr. Beryl F


Welcome to icliniq.com.

I went through your query and understood your concern.

The horizontal whitish area is a demineralized zone. This means that the enamel in that zone started losing its calcium. This is the initial stage of tooth decay. If you feel a dip in that region, it has started to cavitate. This could be because of a sugary diet, over-brushing, retainer poking, or previous orthodontic treatment. This can be filled at this stage with a tooth-colored composite before the cavity progresses and becomes deep. I suggest you visit your dentist to determine what caused it and get it treated soon.

I hope this has helped you.

Thanks and regards.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Beryl F
Dr. Beryl F


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