Can You Have Your Teeth Whitened While Wearing Braces?

Article By Remarkable Smiles Orthodontics.

Dental bleaching and tooth whitening has become a very common procedure. Though most people think of bleaching and whitening as being exactly the same, there is a difference. According to the FDA, bleaching whitens teeth beyond their natural color, while whitening simply restores the natural tooth color.

Multiple Whitening Methods

There are many methods for whitening and bleaching teeth available today through your dentist or from a local drugstore. Some of the most popular products are bleaching strips, bleaching pens, and bleaching gels. Toothpastes that promise whitening are also quite popular and do work to some extent.

Dentists report that whitening has become one of the most requested cosmetic dentistry procedures today. Over 100 million people use some form of tooth whitening each year. This is a simple procedure that can be used by anyone as long as they have healthy teeth and gums, but this cosmetic procedure is not recommended for everyone.

What about those wearing braces?

If you’re wearing Invisalign, then having your teeth whitened won’t be a problem. With traditional braces, it’s a bit more complicated. Though the dentist can whiten your teeth, it may not be even since the whitening agent can’t reach behind the wires and metal brackets. Be sure to keep your teeth brushed and clean while wearing braces to help with the build up of bacteria.

Article written by Remarkable Smiles Orthodontics. Dr. Mark Rashidi at Remarkable Smiles is an Orthodontist in Laguna Hills and surrounding cities including Lake Forest, Mission Viejo, Laguna Niguel and Irvine. With years of experience, Dr. Mark provides all types of braces including Invisalign, traditional metal braces and ceramic braces.