Sometimes Orthodontists in Calgary will hear patients express concern regarding the development of white spots around brackets. What are they and why do they appear? White spots on teeth are areas of de-mineralization and indicate a softening of the enamel that can lead to a cavity. Softening of enamel due to acid erosion can be prevalent in patients who aren’t brushing and flossing their teeth regularly and effectively during orthodontic treatment. Our past blogs have explained the need to keep tooth and bracket surfaces squeaky clean to avoid the development of weakened enamel and white spots.