Teeth Whitening for Improved Cosmetics
The practice of teeth whitening is a very common procedure with a multitude of options and solutions, both in home and professionally in the office. But if one is considering teeth whitening with orthodontic braces there are some preemptive suggestions. We’ll take a look at the teeth whitening products and processes first, then introduce the wrinkle of having braces. At the end, we’ll simply suggest the best practice through it all and that is good oral hygiene during and after your orthodontic adventure.
Teeth Whitening with Braces
Prior to starting your braces application you will have your teeth professionally cleaned. It might also be the perfect time to consider having your teeth whitened as well before the placement of the devices. If that is not possible, or in hindsight overlooked, you can successfully teeth whiten during the time braces are on your teeth. With the most common types of braces, the traditional method, be apprised that if you have brackets on your teeth and you bleach around those brackets that when those brackets are removed there will be yellow blocks on
your enamel where those brackets where cemented to your teeth. The option of using trays at home and bleaching gels becomes extremely difficult since the trays become very hard to make with the metal appliances on your teeth. Even though they can be made they lose their effectiveness.
If you had lingual braces you can have more successful results bleaching just the outside of your teeth. Lingual braces are when the brackets and the arch wire are on the inside, the tongue side of your teeth. So no hardware on the outside. Another option is growing rapidly in popularity and that is Invisalign. This process uses clear trays to apply the force and pressure to move your teeth. Designed with a CAD-CAM system, computer aided design and computer aided manufacture, these trays are designed to be worn about 20-22 hours a day but can be removed for the regular brushing and flossing of your teeth. Since the trays can be removed it also offers then the opportunity to have your teeth whitened at any time through the process.
Suffice it to say your teeth whitening can be done at any time through the orthodontic braces process. The average duration of any type of braces is about thirteen months, with the process running from six months to 18 months depending on the severity of the correction you are seeking.
Pan Orthodontics Philosophy
To treat our patients as our families and to treat others as how we want to be treated. From your first phone call to the moment your new smile is born, everything in our office is set up to ensure an excellent experience with us. We will always listen to you and improve with your suggestions.
Our Commitment to You
We will continue to keep up with the ever growing digital technologies to improve your orthodontic experience. We also commit to always help you find the most convenient time for your visit with us.