The Amazing Role Bonding Adhesives Play In Preventing Dental Lesions

The bonding adhesive that your dentist uses to affix your orthodontic devices, such as braces, to your teeth does more than just hold them in place. For years there has been a risk of white spot lesions forming on the dental surface due to the added difficulty in caring for the teeth at these spots. For all the benefits they imparted when the patient’s teeth were corrected, they still opened this doorway to cavities. Recent innovations in adhesive technology have introduced the ability of these bonding adhesives to actually prevent tooth decay.

White Spot Lesions and How Old Techniques Helped Them To Form

To understand how the new adhesive helps prevent the development of these lesions, it’s first important to go over how they form. White spot lesions are the first stage of tooth decay, displaying a weakening of the protective enamel that covers our teeth. Braces tend to make it difficult to properly care for our teeth, leading to acid being left near them that attacks the enamel. Almost 70% of people who are fitted with orthodontic braces develop white spot lesions. The best defenses against them to this point include:

  • Additional Brushing Effort – Being extra careful to brush under and around the braces to eliminate any food particulate and hidden sources of acid. There are specific utensils available that can help reach the difficult to manage areas.

  • Orthodontic Visits – It pays to visit your orthodontist a little more frequently than usual if you have braces. They can take the extra steps to protect your teeth from the dangers of orthodontic treatment. They also can provide options for treating these lesions.

  • Dietary Changes – While it’s always good to cut down on soda and sugary foods, it’s doubly important while wearing braces. While saliva does a great job of neutralizing acid, sugar helps produce it faster than saliva can fight back.

All of these steps are important in promoting good oral health while undergoing orthodontic adjustments. The newest defense against these lesions comes in the form of a special type of bonding adhesive developed by the Queen Mary University of London. In addition to their research, studies published in the Dental Press Journal of Orthodontics points to benefits resulting from pre-treating these lesions. Doing so has demonstrated promise in increasing resistance to lesions over long-term periods.

The Rise Of Special Bonding Adhesives

The newest bonding adhesives mentioned above are the result of extensive research, study, and testing. The bonding material clings to the teeth, slowly leeching nutrients and minerals that serve to reinforce and protect the teeth from ongoing damage. While the resistance provided isn’t perfect, it is an important step towards eventually eliminating these lesions from orthodontic care forever. Patients looking to receive orthodontic care should reach out to their providers to find out if the bonding adhesives are available through their offices. As dental technology continues to advance, we may one day find ourselves in a world free of cavities and dental health concerns. Until then, advances like these keep us one step ahead of decay.

Alireza Movassaghi, D.D.S and Other Dentist Dr. Alireza Movassaghi brings 30 years of experience to the practice at Alvarado Family Dental Center. As a graduate of the USC School of Dentistry, he works tirelessly to expand access to dental care throughout the Los Angeles area. Along with his passion for expert dental care, he exhibits a love of soccer and beautiful cars.
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