What you need to know about teeth whitening with braces

The perfectly straight, white smile is desired around the world. The few people that have both straight and white teeth past adolescent years are considered extremely lucky, because it is indeed rare. 

To have misaligned teeth is very common, perhaps because there are many reasons for  misalignment. Crooked teeth or poor jaw development can be hereditary. It can also be down to infant habits, such as sucking thumbs or sucking dummies. Illnesses and injuries that create space in the mouth as a result of losing teeth can also cause issues with alignment. 

Teeth discoloration is normal and starts to happen after years of eating and drinking foods with strong pigments. We can’t get away from it completely, but we can have our teeth whitened and practise good dental hygiene and discipline. 

Because of two of the most popular issues people face with their smile, the need for braces and teeth whitening are greatly demanded world wide. When combining the two procedures, they result in a healthier smile and increase your self-confidence. 

Can you do both treatments at the same time?

Teeth whitening is often recommended after having braces, but if you want a brighter, white smile while still wearing braces, it is possible. 

Brushing alone might not brighten your smile to your desired colour. Decide with your dentist whether or not professionally whitening your teeth now or after your braces, is the right option for you. 

Whitening teeth while wearing braces can lead to uneven shades and results, as it’s difficult for the whitening agent to reach areas where brackets are covering the surface. 

As highlighted before, your whitening options vary, depending on what type of braces you have. Here are a few options: 

  • Boutique Day and Night Whitening- The treatments are designed to suit day or night use. The treatment consists of custom fitted trays with a gel solution to use for a period of time discussed with your dentist.  These are not a good option for traditional metal braces. However, they can work if you are using removable aligners like Quick Straight Teeth. 
  • Toothpaste and Mouthwash- Traditional oral care products, white in colour designed for tooth sensitivity, such as BioMin Toothpaste with fluoride can also result in whiter teeth, if you are using the correct brushing techniques and oral disciplines at least two times a day. 
  • Using an electric toothbrush- brushes deeper, lifting off surface stains, which can help to brighten your smile. 

Do braces stain your teeth?

Stains can occur when wearing braces with brackets and wires. This is because food becomes stuck and builds up plaque, which then leads to stains and spots on the teeth. 

A few ways to prevent discoloration

  • Everytime you eat, rinse your mouth with water and remove braces when wearing removable aligners. 
  • Brush with a soft electric brush twice a day for at least 2 minutes. 
  • Floss your teeth after eating, and if you are wearing wired braces, pay special attention to removing any food stuck in the wires. 
  • Try to stick to a ‘white’ diet consisting of non-acidic food and drinks. 
  • Avoid using tobacco products. 
  • Keep up to regular appointments with your dentist throughout your brace and whitening treatments. 

Although challenging, it is possible to keep your teeth white while wearing braces. It is also possible to get your teeth professionally whitened during brace treatments. A good diet and oral hygiene regime can reduce discoloration and staining.   Quick Straight Teeth and Biomin could well be the way forward for you.

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