Int J Stomatol ›› 2022, Vol. 49 ›› Issue (6): 717-723.doi: 10.7518/gjkq.2022101

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Research progress on treatments of enamel white spot lesions

Wang Qiqiu(),Zhi Qinghui.()   

  1. Dept. of Preventive Dentistry, Hospital of Stomatology, Sun Yat-sen University & Guangdong Provincial Key Laboratory of Stomatology & Guangdong Key Laboratory for Dental Disease Prevention and Control, Guangzhou 510055, China
  • Received:2022-01-10 Revised:2022-06-12 Online:2022-11-01 Published:2022-11-03
  • Contact: Qinghui. Zhi;
  • Supported by:
    First Class Hospital Clinical Trial Project in Guangdong Province(103007-6-2019-GSP-D)


White spot lesions are a common complication of orthodontic treatment. They are named for the enamel demineralization that causes the tooth surface to lose luster and exhibit a chalky color. Usually, separate white spots or multiple white plaques merged into one lesion may be present on the tooth surface. These lesions seriously affect the appearance of teeth, exert psychological pressure on patients, reduce the satisfaction of patients with orthodontics, increase the risk of dental caries, and endanger dental health. The timely treatment of white spot lesions has important clinical significance. The treatment methods for white spot lesions include oral hygiene guidance;remineralization methods, such as the fluoride and casein phosphopeptide-amorphic calcium phosphate method; and aesthetic restoration treatment methods, such as infiltration resin, microabrasion, and invasive dental restoration technologies. This article reviews these treatment methods to provide a reference for the research and development of treatment methods for white spot lesions in the future.

Key words: white spot lesions, orthodontic treatment, remineralization, resin infiltration, microabrasion

CLC Number: 

  • R 781.1


Fig 1

Clinical symptoms of white spot lesions"

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