A 16-year-old female asked:
how can i make sure my teeth don't have stains on them once i get my braces off? i drink a lot of coffee
4 doctor answers • 11 doctors weighed in
Dentistry 54 years experience
Stains: Coffee stains can be removed easily by your dentist so this is not a problem. What is a problem is having foods and liquids high in refined sugars and acids. Brush and floss and at least rinse out after meals and snacks. Ask your own Orthodontist to monitor your home care.
Pain Management 36 years experience
Easy & predictable: The best way to prevent stains after your orthodontic treatment is perfect brushing and flossing, choosing tooth-healthy foods and beverages and using a fluoride toothpaste.
Orthodontics 53 years experience
Stains cars scars: if your teeth have food pigment induced stains they will be polished away when your braces are removed. Scars (damage to the tooth enamel), however, is pretty much permanent. See your Dentist at least 2x/year for cleaning. Brush thoroughly 2x/day for 2full minutes by the clock. Use fluoridated toothpaste & mouth wash. Floss or Water Pik daily. Avoid acidic foods.
Dentistry 42 years experience
Reduce colored food: Proper hygiene and regular dental visits are a must.
In my office I recommend for the first 2 weeks after whitening, eliminating acid colored drinks and food, such as red wine, dark sodas, red meats, soy sauce, red sauce etc... nothing that could stain your teeth.
After 2 weeks, all in moderation and use a whitening tooth paste with fluoride.
A 15-year-old female asked:
My bottom row teeth are twisted. Do I need braces?
7 doctor answers • 23 doctors weighed in
Family Medicine 25 years experience
See a dentist: It is best to see an orthodontis to make that descision. Many people who would benefit from braces, they shy away due to cost. If cost not a problem, having straight and bright teeth can be very rewarding and help with self confidence.
Southwest Harbor, ME
A 20-year-old female asked:
Do i need braces? My teeth are not align some of them cave in.... I don't like my smile so usually i don't show my teeth.
3 doctor answers • 7 doctors weighed in
Dentistry 26 years experience
Yes! : If you don't like your smile then you should definitely see a cosmetic dentist or an orthodontist. Each one can describe procedures to correct your teeth and help you to smile again!
A 30-year-old member asked:
My teeth are very crooked, so i need braces. What should I do?
6 doctor answers • 9 doctors weighed in
Dentistry 40 years experience
See an orthodontist: Orthodontists are specialists that treat malocclusions.
A 30-year-old member asked:
Scared my teeth are going to be yellow when i get my braces off. What can I do?
6 doctor answers • 15 doctors weighed in
Dentistry 29 years experience
Dont worry: A good dental cleaning will get off any surface stains that have developed. If you are looking to whiten your teeth, right after you get your braces off would be a great time. Ask your dentists about different options.
A 42-year-old member asked:
I'm curious if you think i will have white marks on my teeth when i get my braces off? Is this a common thing?
4 doctor answers • 6 doctors weighed in
Dentistry 25 years experience
White Square Marks: This is preventable, so let's prevent this! the marks are caused by the enamel surface losing its minerals from bacterial acid produced by unbrushed plaque around the metal brackets. Thus it is important to remove all plaque around brackets, otherwise the plaque (millions of bacteria!) constantly releases acids as a byproduct, eating away enamel minerals every second. Fluoride puts minerals back.
Last updated Nov 24, 2018
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