Can You Whiten Your Teeth While Wearing Braces?

Posted on September 27, 2023

Wearing metal braces is an effective orthodontic treatment at any age, but most patients are primarily teens. Many teens often have insecurities surrounding their smile, and if you’re concerned about the color of your teeth, you may wonder if whitening your teeth is an option when you’re undergoing orthodontic treatment. Let’s take a closer look at the possibility of combining these two treatments.

Check With Your Orthodontist First

Metal braces require active care and are an effective tool for orthodontic treatments. Your orthodontist will let you know how to actively take care of your braces to ensure that your treatment is effective. In many cases, your orthodontist may recommend that you wait until after your metal braces are removed before you undergo any teeth whitening treatment. When these treatments are done while you’re wearing braces, it can lead to discoloration of your teeth. Your orthodontist is the first person to talk to about any whitening services before you schedule them.

Be Sure to Practice Good Oral Hygiene

Even if your orthodontist recommends that you wait until undergoing professional teeth whitening services, it’s important to continue practicing good oral hygiene to maintain your health and your teeth’s natural color. Proper brushing and flossing will help your dental health remain strong and also help prevent discoloration from forming on your teeth. Talk to your dentist about using whitening toothpaste and other over-the-counter treatment methods if you’re concerned about any yellowing or discoloration. The best defense is maintaining good oral hygiene habits and keeping all dental and orthodontic appointments as scheduled.

Schedule Whitening Services Once Your Braces Are Removed

Once you have your braces removed, you can move forward with professional teeth whitening services. You’ll enjoy your new, beautiful smile even more after you have your teeth whitened. There may be some discoloration that forms on your teeth after wearing braces, but this is often temporary, and whitening services can help remove that discoloration. Your dentist can help you determine which type of service is the best match for you and also help you schedule the service at the appropriate time. These services are an effective way to obtain the bright smile you’ve always wanted.

If you or your child are in need of orthodontic services, our practice is accepting new patients. Contact us today at Smileyville Braces to schedule an initial consultation to find out more. We look forward to meeting with you soon!