Whitening Teeth While Braces Are On
When you choose to get any #orthodontic treatment, keeping up with the dental hygiene requirements can be quite challenging. More specifically, you may not find it very easy to whiten your teeth when you have braces on. Although it is not impossible to whiten your teeth with the braces on, you need to be cautious in order to keep the braces safe while whitening the teeth.
The common orthodontic treatment, which involves braces, may involve application of metal braces on both front and back sides of the teeth. Having that said, there are a few methods you will need to work on in order to whiten the teeth with braces.
In office bleaching
In-office bleaching is often referred to as "chairside bleaching”. This procedure is usually based on one to two dental visits. During this process, a strong #bleaching agent is applied to the teeth and then the effects of it are accelerated with the help of a special light.
We all know how strong the in-office bleaching agent can be. This often leads to the outlook in which the exposed portions of the teeth are normally whiter than the areas which are covered by brackets. This is the reason that in-office teeth whitening is often recommended after the braces are taken off. But it is another fact that getting your teeth #whitened in the office while you have the braces on your teeth is the easiest thing you can consider.
At home bleaching
At home bleaching also uses gel for teeth whitening, just like the in-office bleaching. Gel is places in a tray which looks like a mouth guard. These products usually contain peroxide.
In case you have #brackets in the teeth, your will have to get the tray prepared so that there would enough room for both the gel and the brackets to easily accommodate inside the tray. However, bleaching teeth at home while braces are on can lead to some side effects which may include slight irritation in the gums and added sensitivity.
Teeth whitening toothpaste
Teeth whitening toothpastes are not actually the whitening solutions like whitening gel used in dental offices and homes. These toothpastes are loaded with mild abrasives which help in the removal of stains. Furthermore, these toothpastes, like every other available in the market, have fluoride which helps in the strengthening of tooth #enamel. One thing that you need to keep in mind is that a tooth whitening toothpaste is usually aimed at removing the surface stains. These toothpastes are safe for general usage and it is pretty evident with the fact that there are no additional precautions the dentists mention while suggesting the use of these toothpastes.