What is ICON? Can I remove the white spots on my teeth?

What is ICON? Can I remove the white spots on my teeth?

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What is ICON White Spot Resin Infiltration?

ICON (Interproximal Caries or Infiltration Concept) white spot resin infiltration is a minimally invasive dental treatment designed to treat white spot lesions on teeth. These lesions are often caused by developmental enamel hypoplasia, demineralisation, which can result from factors such as poor oral hygiene, orthodontic treatments, or excessive fluoride exposure (fluorosis). The procedure involves infiltrating a specially formulated resin into the porous enamel of the white spots, effectively masking them and preventing further decay.

Is ICON safe?

Yes, ICON resin infiltration is considered safe. The procedure is minimally invasive and does not involve drilling or removal of healthy tooth structure. The materials used are biocompatible and have been widely used in dentistry.

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Typically, ICON resin infiltration requires only one visit to the dentist, after consultation. The entire procedure can be completed in about 45 minutes to an hour, depending on the number of white spots and their severity.

How does it work?

  • Preparation: The tooth surface is cleaned and dried.
  • Etching: A special etching gel is applied to the white spot lesion to open the enamel pores.
  • Infiltration: The ICON resin is applied to the etched area. The resin penetrates the porous enamel of the white spot lesion.
  • Curing: The resin is then cured (hardened) using a special light.
  • Finishing: The surface is polished to achieve a smooth finish.

What Maintenance Is Required with the Treatment?

Maintenance after ICON resin infiltration involves:

  • Regular Oral Hygiene: Brushing twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and flossing daily.
  • Routine Dental Visits: Regular check-ups and cleanings every six months.
  • Avoiding Staining Foods and Drinks: Limiting consumption of coffee, tea, red wine, and other staining agents, especially immediately after the treatment.

How Effective Is It?

ICON resin infiltration is highly effective in masking white spot lesions and improving the aesthetic appearance of the teeth. Studies have shown that it can significantly reduce the visibility of white spots and halt the progression of caries. However, the effectiveness can vary depending on the severity of the lesions and individual patient factors.

Is It Reversible?

The ICON resin infiltration treatment is considered long term and non-reversible. Once the resin has infiltrated the enamel and been cured, it cannot be removed. It may need a top-up treatment after a few years depending on varying lifestyle and dietary habits.

Can I Whiten My Teeth After Resin Infiltration?

Typically any dramatic shade change is performed with whitening treatment before ICON. But yes, you can whiten your teeth after undergoing ICON resin infiltration to maintain your shade.  However, it’s advisable to wait for a certain period after the procedure before starting any whitening treatments. Consult with your dentist for specific recommendations regarding timing and suitability of teeth whitening in your particular case. Whitening agents typically do not affect the infiltrated resin, but it’s best to get professional advice to ensure optimal results.

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