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Poway ICON Resin Infiltration

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Im Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics offers personalized service and state-of-the-art dental care to the children of Poway, Scripps Ranch and Rancho Bernardo. We’re conveniently located at 13422 Pomerado Road, #201, Poway, CA 92064, near Pomerado Elementary School.

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What is ICON resin infiltration?

Resin infiltration is a minimally invasive restorative treatment for post-ortho white-spot lesions (WSLs) and certain congenital hypocalcified enamel lesions (“hypo” spots). WSLs are associated with subsurface enamel porosities caused by a cyclical imbalance between demineralization and remineralization of the enamel, resulting from poor hygiene and associated plaque, bacteria and acids. With time, remineralization at the outer surface of the tooth decreases the access of calcium and other ions to deeper portions of the enamel, eventually arresting the lesion. The lesions look white because there is a scattering of light at the subsurface of the demineralized enamel. Hypo spots, or enamel bruising, are congenital enamel defects often caused by trauma or infection involving the primary teeth.

Your child may benefit from
ICON resin infiltration if you’ve researched:


  • Yellow teeth treatment
  • Why do my teeth have white and yellow spots after braces
  • How to get rid of white spot overnight
  • How to treat or improve decalcification
  • How to remove brown stains from teeth
  • White or yellow spots on front of teeth
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Is ICON treatment long lasting?

Unlike whitening products, ICON resin infiltration is a long term treatment solution from our Poway pediatric office. Research shows stability for at least 2 years. Our Poway dental office has many patients with stable results for 6+ years. This is a treatment that will help fade the appearance of WSLs and hypo spots. We cannot guarantee the spot will disappear completely, but in most cases it provides a significant cosmetic improvement in one simple, painless visit.

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How does Resin Infiltration work? The procedure is simple.

  • One visit to our Poway dental office
  • No “shots” or numbing
  • No drilling
  • Plain pumice is used to clean the teeth
  • Lesions etched 3×2 minutes – this removes the outer remineralized layer of enamel that had previously been blocking calcium and other ions from entering the tooth
  • Finishing bur on any surfaces that do not indicate an improved appearance
  • Application of drying agent (ethanol)
  • Application of the resin infiltrant
  • Material soaks in for 3 minutes (allowing for capillary action)
  • Remove excess material with cotton rolls, micro-brushes & floss
  • Light cure the material
  • Material added again for 1 minute, excess removed, and cured
  • Finish with polishing discs or burs
  • Temporary blanching of gums can occur in lesions close to the gumline

* Total process takes approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour *

ICON Resin Infiltration in Poway

Is a solution for problems like fluorosis, yellow and white spots because…

  • The treatment is much less invasive and less expensive than the alternatives of fillings or veneers.
  • It can be done sooner than other cosmetic options like veneers that you have to wait until growth is complete.
  • The result is more natural than whitening or filling.
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