Treat Unsightly White Spots and Other Minor Imperfections With Icon Resin Infiltration

At Grandview Center for Dentistry, we want you to have a smile you can proudly show off. If you have unattractive white spots or other minor imperfections in your smile, you may be self-conscious about your smile, resulting in hiding it from others. Dr. Bridget Lervick and our team at our Edina, Minnesota office are constantly working to stay current with the most modern dental techniques and treatments available, especially those that are cost-effective and minimally invasive. 

Icon resin infiltration is one such treatment that removes white spots and some other minor defects on your tooth’s enamel. While the term “resin infiltration” may seem complicated and invasive, it is actually a straightforward treatment that will leave your teeth looking amazing.

What is Icon Resin Infiltration?

Icon resin infiltration is a procedure designed to treat/remove visible white spots on the surface of the patient’s teeth. It is minimally invasive, making it a popular treatment option for dentists and patients. Early stages of tooth decay or enamel demineralization commonly cause white spots on teeth. The resin infiltration procedure involves infiltrating a low-viscosity resin material into the tooth’s porous enamel surface. This treatment fills and conceals white spots, improving appearance and preventing decay.

The process involves cleaning the tooth’s surface before applying an acidic gel to create microporosities in the enamel. Then, the liquid resin infiltrant is applied onto the affected area; it penetrates the enamel structure, filling the lesions and strengthening the enamel matrix. Excess resin is removed, and a curing light is used to polymerize and harden the infiltrant, bonding it to the enamel surface.

The resin material used in Icon infiltration has a refractive index similar to that of natural enamel, providing a seamless blend with the surrounding tooth structure. It is tooth-colored, ensuring a natural appearance. This non-invasive approach preserves more natural tooth structure than traditional treatments like drilling and filling, making it an attractive option for patients seeking aesthetic improvement and cavity prevention.

What Causes White Spots On Teeth?

Common causes of white spots on teeth include:

Early-stage tooth decay (demineralization).
Poor oral hygiene.
Excessive consumption of sugary or acidic foods and drinks.
Insufficient fluoride exposure.

These spots can also arise from enamel hypoplasia, a condition where enamel formation is disrupted during tooth development, leading to white or brown discoloration.

Orthodontic treatments like braces can create areas of demineralization around brackets if proper hygiene isn’t maintained. Other factors, such as certain medications, fluorosis, and genetic predispositions, may also contribute to white spot formation.

What Are The Benefits Of Icon Resin Infiltration?

Icon resin infiltration offers several benefits for white spot removal:

It is minimally invasive, preserving more natural tooth structure than traditional drilling and filling methods.
The procedure effectively masks white spots, restoring the tooth’s natural appearance without altering its shape or color.
Icon infiltration strengthens the enamel, reducing the risk of further decay progression.
The resin material blends seamlessly with the surrounding tooth structure, providing aesthetic improvement.
The procedure is quick, often completed in a single visit to the dentist, and typically requires no anesthesia, resulting in a comfortable experience for the patient.

Schedule An Appointment Today!

If you would like to learn more about this innovative treatment option for white spot removal, please contact our Edina, MN, office today. You can schedule an appointment with Dr. Bridget Lervick at Grandview Center for Dentistry by calling (952) 955-4505.

Dr. Bridget Lervick
Dr. Bridget Lervick

Dr. Bridget Lervick is a respected dentist in Edina, MN who has also practiced dentistry in South Dakota and Texas. Dr. Lervick earned her dental degree at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry in 2010 and enjoys being back in the Twin Cities at her own practice now. Her patients trust her for general, cosmetic, orthodontic, and frenectomy treatments and more. A certified Invisalign® Provider, Dr. Lervick also maintains memberships in professional organizations such as the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, the International Association for Orthodontics, the Breathe Institute, and the Pankey Institute.