I noticed decalcification and brown stains on the teeth after orthodontic treatment. Kindly help.

Q. How to manage decalcification and brown stains after orthodontic treatment?

Answered by
Dr. Achanta Krishna Swaroop
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Jun 16, 2022 and last reviewed on: Jul 13, 2023

Hello doctor,

After taking my braces off, I noticed some decalcification and brown streaking along my gum line. These do not hurt, but they are bothering me. Will these fade away with good dental habits? Or do I need a dental procedure with my dentist?



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I need clarification from you regarding whether the lines you see on the enamel are brown, white, or grey in color? Decalcification is natural after orthodontic treatment because of the forces exerted on the superficial enamel. But if it is too high, the demineralization can cause tooth hypersensitivity. Brushing twice daily with an anti-sensitive fluoridated toothpaste and mouthwash will prevent white spots or initial carious lesions. But if I know the exact color or the nature of your tooth enamel and sensitivity, I can suggest specific element pastes that can remineralize and prevent decay. Also, you may need to see a dentist mainly if you feel the composite they use for bonding is still left out, making the enamel rougher. Do you notice anything like that? Have you undergone a prophylaxis or scaling post the orthodontic treatment?

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