Should You Use Tooth Whiteners While Wearing Braces?

Should You Use Tooth Whiteners While Wearing Braces?

Article By Remarkable Smiles Orthodontics.  

Tooth whitening and dental bleaching is fairly simple and can even be done at home these days. First of all, let’s define exactly what these are. Bleaching is used to whiten your teeth beyond their natural color. Whitening is a simple method to clean your teeth so that yellow stains are removed. Though you can do these at home, you’ll get the best results at your dentist’s office.

There are multiple whitening methods, as well as many ways to bleach teeth. You can use bleaching gels or pens. Bleaching strips are quite popular. Some toothpastes claim to have a whitening ingredient. They are modestly effective. You can purchase these products at the local drug store.

For those wearing braces, it’s best to see your orthodontist for whitening or bleaching. It is possible to damage the metal wires and/or fixtures. If you bend a wire or dislodge a metal bracket, you will need to see the orthodontist.

If you’re wearing Invisalign, then it’s an easy matter to remove the aligner and whiten your teeth. It’s important to be sure you clean your teeth afterwards so that none of the whitener substance remains. Bleach or whiteners can discolor a plastic aligner.

Always brush and floss your teeth regularly while wearing braces. It’s very easy for particles of food to get stuck and cause bad breath or other issues. If you have other questions, be sure to talk to your dentist or orthodontist.

Article written by Remarkable Smiles Orthodontics.  Dr. Mark Rashidi at Remarkable Smiles is an Orthodontist in Laguna Hills and surrounding cities including Lake Forest, Mission Viejo, Laguna Niguel and Irvine. With years of experience, Dr. Mark provides all types of braces including Invisalign, traditional metal braces and ceramic braces.