Imagine putting a fresh coat of paint on your living room wall without first removing the pictures you’ve hung there…That’s what it can be like to whiten with braces!
Brackets cover up portions of the enamel and prevent them from lightening. When the braces come off, those covered spots can show up as dark ones. These areas can be spot-treated with bleach later, but you might still end up with uneven results.
The Painful Downside of Teeth Whitening with Braces
All teeth bleaching chemicals carry the risk of irritating gums and sensitive teeth. Your teeth tend to be more sensitive than usual when you wear braces. Whitening during orthodontic treatment may only add to possible discomfort.
For example, plaque buildup around braces can trigger gingivitis. Braces may occasionally cause a little gum recession, exposing sensitive tooth roots. A bleaching chemical may sting those tender areas.
Should You Whiten with Braces?
Bleaching your teeth while wearing braces is possible, especially if your dentist makes you a custom tray. But it’s not guaranteed to get you the results you want.
The surest way to a whiter smile is to maintain good oral hygiene during orthodontic treatment. Plaque and food stain is the main cause of discoloration, so daily brushing and flossing will help. A whitening toothpaste also works well since it buffs away surface stains. Bleach after the braces come off to save money and get even results.
Consult a dental professional before you attempt to whiten your teeth. This way, you can make sure you bleach safely and effectively. If you don’t want to wait for the ortho to come off, ask your dentist or orthodontist for smile-brightening suggestions.
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