The day your braces come off is one of the most energizing days of your life, regardless of when you got them on. Yet having undergone incredible patience (and cost) to fix your smile, seeing the process has left you with stained teeth can be disturbing. Cheer up in realizing there are a few different ways to forestall this prevent this discoloration while wearing braces, and just as many opportunities to whiten your teeth evenly once they come off.
Your teeth can become stained during orthodontic treatment for several reasons, which is why some braces-wearers develop this problem while others don’t. Traditional braces have a complex design of brackets and wires that can trap food, leading to a buildup of bacteria that causes plaque to form. It’s not the actual braces that cause these stains but rather the plaque that structures in holes you can only with significant effort get to.
Wearing braces makes it hard to eliminate this plaque, permitting it to make acids that leach the minerals from your enamel. This demineralization changes the way the tooth surface reflects the light, resulting in the development of unsightly white spots in the areas that are difficult to reach. Plaque also increases your danger of tooth decay and gum disease while the braces are on.
It’s essential to practice good dental hygiene at all times, but when you’re wearing braces, the complete removal of this plaque is tough to do. Your best defense against stained teeth should include:
While brushing teeth after meals can and should be applied for those without braces as well, it is crucial for those with braces. Allowing food and drink particles to sit on your teeth for long periods only increases the likelihood of stains and other problems, such as cavities. Normal use of an electric toothbrush is ideal for cleaning teeth after eating.
Yes, whitening toothpaste isn’t doing your bracket-covered teeth any favors. It often leads to visible spots on your teeth from where the tooth area surrounding the bracket was whitened, but the area covered by brackets was not. Simply use ordinary toothpaste regularly, and after meals for the best result. Ask your dentist if you are unsure of which kinds of toothpaste to use and which you should avoid.
While the importance of brushing should not be discounted, a customary routine utilizing floss and mouthwash is similarly essential. By arriving at all the spots that your toothbrush essentially can’t, you lessen the chances of stain in those hard-to-reach areas. Mouthwash eliminates germs that could linger on teeth and cause staining. With floss made specifically for handling braces, there’s no reason anymore not to make it a part of your daily routine.
While it can be difficult to stray from some of your favorite foods, you should be aware of, and do your best to avoid, foods that are known to stain. These include coffee, soda, and anything with food coloring. Other less known problem foods are mustard and foods with tomato or tomato paste as ingredients. The yellow and red colors in these foods don’t mesh well with ceramic brackets and can easily stain brackets and teeth.
With the busy nature of our lives, it’s nearly impossible to avoid having to change or cancel an orthodontist or dentist appointment. However, these appointments are crucial for avoiding stains with braces. Regularly changing ligatures, or the rubber bands surrounding brackets is necessary and should be removed and replaced each visit due to the threat they present for staining quite easily. Your dental specialist will give you a heavy-duty cleaning for your teeth that goes past your everyday cleanliness routine of brushing and flossing and will instruct you regarding any difficult regions to watch out for stains. Try not to pass up on these chances to give the appropriate cleaning and care that your braces require.
You’re in control of your smile. Don’t let stained teeth keep you from showing it!
Dr. Seif received an award in Aesthetic Dentistry and an Advanced Standing Achievement Certificate and held a position as a part-time clinical instructor.
Dr. Seif has more than 15 years of experience as a dentist and has obtained two dental degrees. Dr. Seif earned his first degree in dentistry in Syria in 1998 and practiced general dentistry until coming to the US to advance his education by earning a second dental degree from Loma Linda University School of Dentistry, a world-renown dental institute. While at Loma Linda, Dr. Seif received an award in Aesthetic Dentistry and an Advanced Standing Achievement Certificate and held a position as a part-time clinical instructor.
Dr. Seif’s compassion and friendly nature is evident to his patients. He believes that every individual should be treated in a kind, caring and respectful manner. Dr. Seif is dedicated to life-long learning and enjoys participating in post-graduate courses that enable him to provide his patients and community with the excellent dental care he believes every person deserves.
Moving from the Dallas-Fort Worth area in 2014, Dr. Seif now calls Baytown his home. Along with cooking, friends, family and his dog, Sophie, he enjoys southern culture. He is enthralled by the friendliness and hospitality he finds in Texas, saying, “This is exactly the kind of community I want to live and practice in!”