Teeth whitening after braces is requested by the majority of those whose braces have been removed. Tooth whitening is not recommended within 1 month of removal of braces, as your teeth may still be sensitive. Give them some time to settle down and allow the sensitivity subside
A fresh feeling will come from the freedom but what color will the teeth be? What teeth, if any, will have spots from brackets and wires? You’ll want the world to see a healthy and dazzling smile. This can all be fixed by a hygienist and some DIY effort. In this post, we’ll answer the question – Can I use a teeth whitening kit after braces or Invisalign? Let’s get going.
Can I Use Teeth Whitening With Braces?
Teeth whitening isn’t recommended during orthodontic treatment. So, The answer is NO. Teeth whitening with braces or Invisalign attachments will lead to darker squares on the teeth surfaces. The whitening product will not reach the covered parts.
This is also important when considering the movement of teeth as the reduction in malocclusions and spacing mean new parts of teeth are visible throughout treatment.
What Can I Do During Treatment?
During treatment, keep a good regimen of oral health and floss the new gaps and gums that form. Avoid coffee, smoking, and tooth-damaging foods. Lastly, water is vital for those undergoing braces treatment. Especially those using Invisalign as the lack of saliva on the teeth mean less natural defense.
Can I Use a Teeth Whitening Kit After Braces or Invisalign?
An over-the-counter whitening kit will not be as good as a professional dentist. Dentists use stronger bleaching agents like hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide and have a good overview of use. This reduces any risk and misuse of the above products.
All is not lost if cannot see a professional dentist. At-home whitening kits work well and are easy to use. Not to mention affordable and readily available.
No matter what your sensitivity to toothpaste, don’t take the risk of whitening without talking to a dentist first. Make sure you read all ingredients carefully and ask if there are any that shouldn’t be used by pregnant or nursing women before using them.
If you want to make your teeth whiter, at-home kits are an affordable and effective way. The bleaching agents in these kits usually contain a higher concentration of peroxide that can be applied with custom trays or on its own (without any other preparation) for the perfect amount every time.
The choice of teeth whitening is important for those who have completed orthodontic treatment. Dr. Gluck and his team know how to guide you.
Gluck Orthodontics is a trusted name in orthodontic care. Dr. Gluck is a board-certified orthodontic specialist (a distinction only one-quarter of all practicing orthodontists today can claim). He is also a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics.
Here at Gluck Orthodontics, we proudly provide our patients with the very latest in orthodontic care plus a little something extra from the friendly staff that we like to call ‘The Gluck Experience.’
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