What is Icon treatment?
As we mentioned earlier, Icon remineralization is a restorative treatment designed to address white spot lesions (WSLs).
While WSLs can be caused by poor oral hygiene, there are additional reasons these “spots” appear. Often, people who have undergone orthodontic treatment (children in particular) will develop WSLs. The lesions, identified by their white, chalky, and/or opaque appearance on tooth surfaces, develop as a result of demineralization and remineralization of the tooth enamel.
In addition to poor oral hygiene, white spots can be caused by:
- Presence (or absence) of fluoridation areas.
- Changes in salivary flow.
- Congenital hypo-calcified enamel lesions.
WSLs cannot be removed from the enamel surface without professional treatment. Icon is the best treatment option for patients who do not want veneers or similar cosmetic dentistry options. Icon is a resin that is applied directly to the teeth.
When administering Icon treatment, the dentist cleans your teeth with a polish paste, followed by a thorough rinse. A rubber dam is placed to protect the soft tissues of the mouth and keep the application area dry. The entire application process typically takes only two to three minutes.
How long does Icon treatment last?
In addition to removing white spots from the teeth, studies have demonstrated that Icon offers long-lasting results. WSLs can remain absent anywhere between two to four years following treatment.
Is Icon Treatment Permanent?
While the results of icon treatment are not permanent, you can have a follow-up treatment if WSLs reappear.
Can You Whiten Teeth After Icon Treatment?
Yes. In fact, teeth whitening for people with existing WSLs can make the appearance of white spots even more prevalent. But, after Icon treatment, many patients can successfully whiten teeth with beautiful results. Dentists recommend waiting following Icon treatment before opting for professional teeth whitening.
Does Icon Dental Treatment Have Any Side Effects?
No. Research shows few to no side effects from Icon. And, again, this treatment option is minimally invasive, with long-term results—a beautiful smile that will last for years to come!
If you would like to further explore Icon treatments to remove white spot lesions, schedule your appointment now. Or, call us any time at (215) 706-8734.