One of the first things that any person with braces is told by their orthodontist is not to use whitening toothpaste. The reason why is because it will whiten the exposed parts of your teeth but leave the areas where the braces are fastened the same color. So does that mean you have to completely abandon teeth whitening while you have braces? And if so, how can you keep your teeth white without discoloration? In today’s post, Parkcrest Dental Group answers these questions.
Why Is Whitening A Problem With Braces?
Many people regularly use whitening toothpaste and mouthwashes. But when you get braces, you are asked to stop using those techniques. This isn’t because whitening toothpaste, mouthwash, or even whitening strips are bad for the braces themselves, but because extensive teeth whitening with braces can cause tooth discoloration when the braces are removed. Many people who continue whitening with braces find that the middle of their teeth are significantly less white than the exposed parts after their braces are removed.
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What Can I Do To Keep My Teeth Clean With Braces?
One step that you can take to make sure your teeth still look good when you get your braces off is to take preemptive measures. What we mean is that before you get your braces, you should make sure that your teeth look the way you want them to look in a few years, when your braces are removed.
However, this also carries risks. Taking a more proactive teeth whitening approach in the weeks and months leading up to getting braces means that you will have to be more proactive in your teeth cleaning during your time with braces. If you aren’t, these efforts can have the reverse effect, leaving the braced part of your teeth whiter than the exposed parts. The most important thing when it comes to teeth whitening and braces is to be intentional about your brushing habits. If you whiten your teeth before getting braces, make sure to maintain your brushing habits. If you don’t whiten your teeth, don’t take extreme whitening measures when you get braces.
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Contact Parkcrest Dental For Teeth Whitening Help
When you get braces, your brushing habits become more important. To avoid discoloration, maintain consistent habits. And with teenagers and children being the most common users of braces, this can be challenging at times. If you want more information on the teeth whitening process as well as how it interacts with braces, contact Parkcrest Dental today at (417) 262-5515 or visit our website for more information.