Whiter Teeth After Braces
Unfortunately, some people get their braces off and are disappointed by the color of their teeth. Many patients expect their braces to come off, exposing a beautiful, white smile. But most often, their teeth are not bright and white when the brackets and wires are removed. Therefore, many of the patients at Chorak Orthodontics choose to have teeth whitening treatments after their orthodontic treatment is over. From toothpaste to whitening trays…there are many options for whitening your teeth after your braces have been removed.
Whitening Toothpaste – Whitening toothpastes are different from regular toothpastes as they include more abrasive ingredients to scrub the surface of the teeth to remove surface stains. Whitening toothpastes are the least expensive and most easily accessible option for brightening your smile. When used twice a day, whitening toothpaste can take from two to six weeks to make teeth appear whiter. However, whitening toothpastes can't change the natural color of your teeth or lighten a stain that goes deeper than a tooth's surface.
At-home Whitening Kits – At-home whitening kits like Crest White Strips are effective and can help whiten your teeth after braces. At-home whitening kits are able remove stains from under the tooth surface with bleaching agents that contain hydrogen peroxide. At-home whitening kits are regulated to help prevent you from harming your teeth and gums. This means that the hydrogen peroxide content of your at-home kit is extremely low, however it can cause sensitive teeth and gum irritation.
Professional Teeth Whitening – If you have serious stains or white spots on your teeth after your braces have been removed, a professional whitening treatment is the best choice. Professional teeth whitening is often an efficient, safe, and effective choice for brightening your smile. The two main products used for teeth whitening are hydrogen peroxide and carbamide peroxide. Unlike a whitening toothpaste that uses an abrasive ingredient to mechanically remove surface-level stains, the oxygen molecules within these whitening agents weaken your tooth stains on a molecular level. The difference between at-home whitening kits and professional teeth whitening is the chemical concentration.
If you want whiter teeth when your braces come off, it does matter what you do during your time in braces. Teeth are much harder to keep clean with braces, so be sure to brush and floss your teeth regularly. If you are struggling with your oral hygiene while in braces treatment, please ask one of our team members for help. The more you do for your teeth while you are in braces treatment, the less you will have to do afterwards.