You are diligent about maintaining good oral health and the condition of your braces, but your teeth could a whitening treatment. Does it make sense to use an at-home bleaching kit or get professional teeth whitening with orthodontics? The answer is maybe, or not quite yet.
The simplest way to brighten teeth is to use a whitening toothpaste. But these products won’t produce a dramatic difference and may contain abrasive ingredients that can damage ceramic braces and cause more staining. Regardless of the type of braces you wear, ceramic or metal, all brackets are bonded with cement. The covered surface will not be treated with the whitening toothpaste. Please contact our San Francisco dental office first before experimenting with whitening toothpaste. We can recommend the best dental products to use while undergoing orthodontic treatment.
There are a variety of whitening options that can be applied at home. Whitening strips are coated with bleaching gel and placed on the outer tooth surfaces. Trays are filled with whitening gel and worn like a retainer or a mouthguard. But like toothpaste, neither of these treatments will penetrate the surfaces covered by braces. Once your brackets are removed, you might notice discoloration. Strips cannot be applied properly with braces, and only custom-fitted trays can be used to fit over brackets and not damage any dental work. There is no such thing as one size fits all. These products are not recommended by your dental professional or by many manufacturers for users who wear dental braces.
The best possible results are achieved at your dentist’s office. Our dental professionals have access to the most effective whitening agents. In addition, your dentist will take protective care of the soft tissues of the mouth. If you are considering professional teeth whitening treatment with braces, we are happy to discuss if this might be the right approach for you.
Keeping up with proper oral hygiene habits every day is the best way to maintain a bright smile. Patients who wear braces need to be more diligent than ever about careful brushing and flossing. Plaque and tartar can build up around the wires and brackets. Steer clear of staining foods and beverages and clean your teeth and braces after every meal. Your San Francisco dentist will give you instructions on how to care for your teeth while under orthodontic care.