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Can You Whiten Your Teeth While You Have Braces?

While your braces are in the process of giving you a beautiful, straight smile, you may be wondering — can I still whiten my teeth while I have braces? You’ll be happy to know that yes, you can use different whitening treatments to keep the exposed areas of your pearly whites nice and bright. The most effective whitening treatments for people with braces are:

  • Whitening toothpaste and mouthwash
  • Electric toothbrushes
  • Whitening gels

Whitening Toothpaste and Mouthwash

No matter what kind of braces you have, a whitening toothpaste and mouthwash combination will help keep your smile bright. Whitening toothpastes contain abrasive particles to scrub the surface of your teeth and chemicals that help dissolve stains, while whitening mouthwash protects from additional staining and keeps your breath fresh. This combination helps keep the exposed area of your teeth bright, and can also help get underneath traditional brackets. Some popular whitening toothpastes and mouthwashes include:

  • Arm & Hammer Advance White Extreme Whitening Toothpaste
  • Native Whitening Toothpaste with Fluoride
  • Listerine Multi-Action Fluoride Mouthwash
  • Colgate Optic White Whitening Mouthwash

Electric Toothbrushes

Switching out your standard toothbrush for an electric one can also help remove staining on your teeth. Electric toothbrushes don’t include any type of chemicals to help whiten, but they remove surface stains better than a regular toothbrush. Some popular electric toothbrushes include:

  • Phillips Sonicare 9900 Prestige
  • Hum by Colgate

Whitening Gels

Whitening gels are a popular at-home whitening treatment that are designed to lift stains off the surface of your teeth through a bleaching agent or peroxide. These gels usually come in small tubes with a narrow tip for precise application or spot treatment. Some popular whitening gels include:

  • Smile Titan Teeth Whitening Gel
  • Bleach Pro Whitening Teeth Whitening Gel

However, it’s important to remember that while gels whiten the exposed surfaces of your teeth, this kind of treatment won't do much to change the color under your brackets if you have traditional braces. It may be possible to get more whitening agent under the bracketed area with a precise tip, but it is not as effective as other at-home options. This method can also leave you with a two-toned smile after your brackets are removed, so this should not be used frequently.

Let Parris Orthodontics Fix Your Smile

Ar Parris Orthodontics, we treat each patient the way we would want to be treated - with love, kindness, and respect. Whether you’re thinking about straightening your smile or trying a whitening treatment, we can help you achieve the smile you’ve always dreamed of. Contact us today and schedule your evaluation!

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Posted by Bill Parris at 11:13 AM
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