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Whiten Teeth Before Braces
Teeth whitening is a treatment of the tooth to reduce pigments so enhancing their appearance and reducing discoloration. Usually the outer enamel is lightened using an oxygen releasing carbamide product for extrinsic bleaching, but when access to the pulp chamber is possible, intrinsic bleach with a stronger reagent that can significantly reduce the color. Dr neil mcleod dds ...Read more
Should I whiten my teeth before I have braces on? If I whiten my teeth will it affect the orthodontic work to be done? Thanks.
NO: In my professional opinion, wait until orthodontic treatment is completed before your attempt to whiten your teeth. The area under the braces will be different than the rest of the teeth as food/drink will affect the teeth, while under the braces will be different. It is best to wait, in my opinion, until AFTER ortho treatment is completed. ...Read more
Shouldn't: Not a good idea because part of your teeth are covered with brackets and will not be affected. When brackets removed, you will see spots which may not respond to the whitening to the same degree. Wait until completed, then whiten. Good Luck. ...Read more
If you have brackets (braces) on your teeth, the whitening solution cannot get to the tooth structure underneath those brackets. That means that while the part of the tooth that is exposed will get lighter, the part under the brackets won't- resulting in mottled teeth.
Best to wait until the braces come off. ...Read more
Yes: Make sure you have all resin/bonding materials removed, and if there is still "extra white" areas, hypermineralized zones, or the value/color is not uniform on your front teeth, try asking your dentist to use opalustre in combination with in office professional whitening materials to blend for a uniform result. ...Read more
Hi, I've taken my braces off since 3weeks ago n now have retainers at the back on both top and bottom. Wondering if I can get my teeth whitening now?
If tissue is healthy: If your teeth and "settled in" and your gums have "settled down, " you can bleach your teeth. Since you are young and your pulp (nerve tissue) is fairly large, you should brush your teeth for a week if not 2 with a potassium nitrate toothpaste e.g. Sensodyne prior to the bleaching to avoid sensitivity. ...Read more
Yes: The laser teeth whitening should not affect how the braces are attached to your teeth. After a month, new mineral has deposited on your teeth, bringing them back to the state before your whitening. This should allow the proper conditioning of the teeth when the braces are placed. The bond strength should be sufficient to allow the braces to stay on your teeth. ...Read more
Teeth whitening: There are several good ways to whiten the teeth. First one is to use whitening trays with whitening gel. This is given to you by your dentist and you do it conviniently in your house. The other ways are to do it in office under supervision of te dentist using a laser or uv light. All methods work well. If you want one shot whitening then in office is good for you. Hope that helps. ...Read more
OTC Products: OTC products may help whiten your teeth somewhat, but they will not give you the same results as professionally dispensed kits. The strength of the OTC gels are not as strong and do not penetrate your enamel as well. Surface stains and calculus should be removed first (by a dentist) before you attempt whitening. ...Read more
Yes: There are some take home whitening which you wear your trys and the whitening gel at night. It calls nite white. ...Read more
Brush: Beside the whitening make sure brush at least two times a day and also brush the roof of your mouth and your tongue. ...Read more
Dentist provided: The best way is dentist supervised whitening provided in the dental office and then used at home, and monitored by the dentist. Dentist have different concentrations of solutions that can be used and can tell you how to make any corrections to your technique if needed. There are more customizable options available with the dentist providing the whitening. ...Read more
Sure: Many companies make tooth whitening gels that are other than mint flavored. ...Read more
Yes, but...: Yes, but in higher concentrations than is usually available over the counter. For example, most hydrogen peroxide available in the store is around 3% (or 4), the strength needed to effect bleaching on the top layer of the enamel (about 75 angstrom, very thin) is more on the order of 20 to 30%. This concentration can be very caustic to the soft tissue, and is not readily available to the consumer. ...Read more
No: I wouldn't advise it as I am not sure of the chemical used as a cat deodorizer. ...Read more
Yes, but diluted: Safe to use 3% (over the counter) hydrogen peroxide + 2 parts water. Use twice daily after brushing every day for whiter teeth (in about 4-6 weeks) and healthier gums! ...Read more
Not really: Baking soda (not powder) is abrasive and will remove surface stains, but not actually whiten your teeth very much. Excess use can wear away the enamel making your teeth weaker. Consider using products specifically designed to whiten teeth. OTC gels may work for you, but nothing beats professionally dispensed and applied products. ...Read more
Mouth (mouth) " n. Pl. Mouths 1. A. The body opening through which an animal takes in food. B. The cavity lying at the upper end of the alimentary canal, bounded on the outside by the lips and inside by the oropharynx and containing in higher vertebrates the tongue, gums, and teeth. C. This cavity regarded as the source of sounds and speech. D. The opening to any cavity or canal ...Read more