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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 moreSee 9 more doctor answers
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
Wait: Bleaching while braces are on will only affect the part of the tooth not covered by braces. Thus when braces removed there will be darker blotches where the braces were attached. Wait until after your Orthodontist removes your braces before having your Dentist whiten them. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 6 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 9 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 6 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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