How To Whiten Teeth With Braces: At-Home & Professional Methods Explained

Feb 27, 2024

Can you whiten your teeth while wearing braces? Or is it better to wait until you’ve finished your treatment? Valleant has the answer in its new guide to effective teeth whitening.

Everyone wants a dazzling white smile, but can this be achieved while wearing braces? The answer depends on what type of brace you're wearing and the whitening method you choose. Stain prevention is key!

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The guide shares methods for whitening teeth with braces, including in-office, at-home and natural teeth whitening techniques. According to data from The Tooth Doc, approximately four million Americans wear braces which can lead to staining and discolouration of the teeth if not appropriately managed. Valleant explains how to effectively whiten your teeth without damaging your braces in the process.

How do braces impact whitening?

Due to metal braces covering parts of the teeth, whitening methods can be a challenge, particularly when aiming for uniformity in color. “Since braces cover parts of the teeth, they may whiten unevenly,” says the guide. “It may be advisable to wait until the braces are removed to begin a comprehensive whitening regimen.” However, if you are wearing lingual braces attached to the back of the teeth or clear, removable aligners, you can expect successful results.

How can I prepare my teeth for whitening?

The guide shares tips for pre-whitening oral hygiene, highlighting the importance of thorough cleaning around brackets and wires. Try using interdental brushes to clean hard-to-reach areas, as this will ensure all food particles and plaque are removed. Valleant also recommends using fluoride toothpaste to strengthen your enamel and help prevent decalcification.

Before starting a teeth whitening regime, you should always consult an orthodontist who can advise you on the best treatment method for your style of braces. If you are wearing permanent metal braces, Valleant recommends undergoing In-office treatment to ensure that the brackets are protected from exposure to whitening agents.

What at-home products should I use?

If you'd prefer to whiten your teeth at home, you must choose your whitening products very carefully, says the guide. “Whitening toothpaste and mouth rinses are the most accessible forms of at-home teeth whitening for brace wearers. They typically contain mild abrasives and chemicals that can help in removing surface stains on teeth.” You should look out for products containing hydrogen peroxide, which safely breaks down stains on your teeth without damaging enamel.

Can I whiten my teeth naturally?

Looking for a more natural approach? The guide also delves into natural methods for teeth whitening including a baking soda paste, hydrogen peroxide rinse and fruit-based peel. Following any whitening procedure, you should limit your intake of high-stain food and drinks and use a straw to minimize contact with the teeth.

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