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What is the teeth whitening method orthodontist patients use?

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Dr. Jeffrey Gene Kaplan
Pediatrics 52 years experience
Bleaching: Cleaning can whiten, but bleaching can whiten beyond the natural color. It is not, however, innocuous; it can irritate the gums, make teeth hypersensitive and hurt the enamel of one's teeth..
Dr. Jake Richards
Dentistry 12 years experience
DONT!!: If you are currently and orthodontic patient don't whiten! this will cause you to have discolored patches on your teeth when the braces come off. Wait for the braces to come off then whiten. If you are planning on getting braces do it before and then wait until they are done. Talk to your provider for more details.
Dr. Hilary Baskin
Orthodontics 28 years experience
Can vary: We use a retainer to where at night with whittening paste.
Dr. Louis Sterling
Prosthodontics 37 years experience
Depends: There are many bleaching systems available. Most have a combination of in-office and at-home use for the best results.
Dr. David Ostreicher
Specializes in Orthodontics
Aligner bright: Many orthodontists use a low concentration carbamide peroxide bleaching agent called aligner bright. It is specially made for ortho patients.

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