How to Whiten Teeth with Braces. It is possible to whiten teeth with braces using products like Crest White Strips, or Colgate. Using products like these will not interfere too much with your braces. Maintaining a white smile requires flossing daily and proper dental hygiene.
Orthodontists are often asked whether you can whiten your teeth while you wear braces. There is a yes and a no to this question.
Teeth whitening should be done after braces treatment for the most effective, comprehensive, or professional results.
For teeth whitening to be effective, it must cover all surfaces of the teeth. Special bleaching trays created by dentists are often used to whiten teeth, but brackets often prevent these trays from fitting over your teeth.
Here are some ways you can whiten your teeth without bleaching while wearing braces.
Use Whitening Toothpaste
You may be able to whiten your teeth with whitening toothpaste if you have braces. Without bleaching, they remove surface stains. Additionally, they contain fluoride, which strengthens enamel. Your teeth won’t change color when you take off your braces when you use whitening toothpaste, so you won’t be surprised by the results.
There are limitations to at-home and in-office bleaching treatments. While you wait until your braces are removed before going for a more professional whitening treatment, you may be able to remove stains with whitening toothpaste for now.
Make Sure You Floss Once a Day
With braces, this can be challenging.
Under the wires of your braces, thread the floss. As you get used to flossing, make sure you floss deep between your teeth as you normally would. With braces, flossing may take some time to get used to, but you should continue to do so. Decay and discoloration can be caused by food and other debris caught between your teeth. Moreover, you can develop gum diseases such as gingivitis. A floss threader can help you thread floss under your wires if you have trouble. Most pharmacies carry these inexpensively.
“Maintaining white and strong teeth requires brushing twice daily and flossing daily”
Rinse Your Mouth with Water After Eating
Your mouth becomes acidic when you eat food.
As a result, if you brush right after eating, you can damage the enamel on your teeth. You should wait 30 minutes after eating before brushing your teeth, and rinse with water in the meantime to prevent stains. Stains can be removed with whitened toothpaste, but they can’t be prevented. Blueberries, coffee, and tea can stain your teeth. You can also yellow your teeth if you smoke. Following a meal, rinse your mouth instead of avoiding healthy foods that might stain.
Check out our latest blog post on the GLO Science teeth whitening system which you can use upon finishing your treatment to get that Hollywood smile.
How to Whiten Teeth with Braces
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