Should You Consider Using Whitening Strips After Braces?

Congrats! You’ve finally removed the braces from your teeth. And when you look at the mirror, you see your teeth beautifully aligned in a straight row! This is what you wished for all through. The braces have perfectly done their job. Unfortunately, you notice some stains on your teeth which makes the teeth look dull. Don’t worry. It’s a common thing after removing braces.

So, What Should You Do Next?

You need to start whitening your teeth as soon as you can to make them as pearl white as they should be!

There are many effective teeth whitening methods available today. You can go for the professional teeth whitening that will cost you several hundred dollars.

But if you’re on a budget, you can opt for over-the-counter whitening methods, the most popular one being whitening strips.

We highly recommend you to consider whitening strips as they offer you dentist-like results within the first few days of use. The best part- they’re relatively cheaper than professional whitening methods.

Using Whitening Strips After Braces

First things first…

Before you think of putting that whitening strip on your teeth, you ought to do this one important thing- clean your teeth thoroughly. Why is it necessary? Well, when the dentist was fixing braces on your teeth, remember he used some cementing material to help them attach securely. Now, for the whitening strips to penetrate your teeth surfaces and whiten them effectively, this material needs to be removed completely.

Removal of this substance should be done by your dentist when taking off your braces. Make sure you visit a professional dentist who’ll do the task well.

When your teeth are ready for whitening, this is what you should do:

1. Start by removing all the tartar and plaque that might have accumulated on your teeth when you had the braces. You can do this using a virgin toothbrush.

Still you can use some toothpaste. For the best results, it’s wise to use fluoride-free toothpaste (since fluoride interferes with the working of the whitening agents in the whitening strips).

If you use toothpaste, wait for up to 30 minutes before applying the toothpaste.

2. Next, prepare your whitening strips so that you can put them on your teeth.

If you’re not sure about the right whitening strips to buy, you can consult your dentist for professional advice. He’ll direct you to the best teeth whitening strips out there.

Make sure you read all the instructions that come with the whitening so that you fully understand how to place them.

3. Now that you know how to use the strips put them on your teeth. Ensure that you cover the entire teeth for uniform teeth whitening results. But avoid sticking the strips to your gums as this
might cause irritations which cause you pain.

Give the whitening strip time to work on your teeth stains.

4. After the recommended time is over, remove the strips from your teeth. And don’t forget to rinse them using high-quality mouthwash. This helps wash away the whitening agent deposits that are usually left between your teeth after using the whitening strips.

If left unattended to, the deposits might cause you pain in the form of teeth sensitivity and swelling of gums.

NOTE:

  • Repeat the above process every day until the package is over. Within the first few days, you’ll surely start experiencing whiter teeth, with stains fading away slowly. By the time you’re through with this treatment, you’d have created a whiter smile on your excellently aligned teeth!
  • Stains tend to build up on your teeth when you neglect them. Keep on taking good care of your teeth to ensure they’re ever white. Brush on a regular basis and try to pass your toothbrush through the tricky parts, floss, and even rinse with mouthwash .When you do this, you’ll never have to worry about your teeth getting discolored.

One more thing:

If you find that your teeth feel weak after removing the braces, don’t rush to use the whitening strips or any other whitening method. First, consult your dentist to avoid further complications.

In most cases, the dentist will tell you to give the teeth some period to “settle.”

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