You’ve got there! You have finally been able to bid your braces a fond farewell and you can now see that beautifully straight smile that was previously hidden beneath. When you’ve had a brace removed, you’ll know that wonderfully refreshing feeling of being able to show off your smile, enjoy the feel of the smooth surface of your teeth after so long, and being able to enjoy biting crisp fruit like apples.
However, it’s common for brace wearers to experience a slight discoloration where it’s been difficult to reach with a toothbrush. It can be a tricky job. Now you have newly straightened teeth you will want your teeth to be as white as they are straight.
There are many different methods you can choose when considering cosmetic dental treatments like teeth whitening, but after braces, which can cause temporary weakness in teeth, it’s key to be careful with what you select to learn more visit Lady Lake’s Howell Dental.
Whitening teeth at home
There are many teeth whitening treatments that can be bought over the counter and in salons but it’s very important to be aware that many of these treatments can weaken your teeth.
The expert advice is that whitening should be an ‘act of dentistry’, and requires to be administered in the correct setting like a dental practice, and by a qualified dentist.
A fully qualified dental professional should check your teeth before any whitening treatment is performed. This makes sure there are no problems that could be caused by whitening.
The best way to whiten teeth
When you’ve completed a course of orthodontic treatment, it is recommended that you allow between and three months break before commencing any whitening treatment.
The reason for this is because when you have been wearing braces, your teeth can lose minerals, so the break before starting whitening treatments allows the teeth to replenish these lost minerals and get harder as fluoride is restored.
It also allows time for brushing to remove most of the surface staining naturally, and give gums time to settle down so whitening trays will fit better.
There are many reasons to visit a professional for whitening treatments: professionals are able to assess individual cases for any cracks, fillings that are leaking or roots that are exposed. These problems could cause some serious discomfort when exposed to whitening tools.
Professionals can also advise on realistic and likely outcomes of whitening treatments. For example, your whitening may be effected by a filling or crown in the front of your mouth which won’t be lifted with bleaching agents. Professionals can also monitor progress and make sure the products being used are appropriate and safe.
When performed in a dental clinic, teeth whitening can have fantastic results. These can also be achieved with take-home kits issued by an orthodontist.
The recommendation is, when you want to whiten your teeth after having worn a brace, it’s always going to be best to ask your dentist for his or her expertise on whitening your smile. It’s the best way of ensuring you avoid any unnecessary risk, discomfort, or disappointment!