One complaint we often get from patients is that their teeth get more stained when they have braces. You also can’t throw on a whitening strip when you have braces! While many patients wait until they are done with treatment and get them professionally whitened after the braces come off, some can’t wait.
Try these strategies to whiten your teeth with braces.
Consider using whitening toothpastes. Look for brands that are American Dental Association (ADA) approved, because they contain fluoride: a mineral essential for dental health.
- Whitening toothpastes contain special abrasives such as baking soda and peroxide to remove surface stains from teeth.
- However, these products will only remove surface stains. They will not change the color of your enamel entirely.
- Whitening toothpastes won’t cause any problems for people with braces. The abrasives in the toothpaste won’t cause any breakdown of cement or wear on your wires.
Floss! Yes, flossing can help you keep teeth white. Food and other debris caught between your teeth can cause decay and discoloration. In addition, you can develop gingivitis or other gum disease.
Rinse your mouth after eating. Food and drinks that sit on your teeth after eating can weaken enamel and stain teeth. Even if you can’t brush your teeth after every meal, rinse your mouth with water or even mouthwash to help wash away the acid and bacteria.