Teeth whitening after orthodontics is often a high priority for patients. After all, properly caring for your teeth with braces can be tough! Plus, teeth whitening is the fastest, easiest, most affordable improvement you can make to your teeth.
A beaming, white smile is the best way to make a great first impression, especially after months of wearing orthodontics.
Unfortunately, many people’s daily habits, or sheer back luck, make this a struggle. Everyone knows that kicking that nicotine habit or going easy on the coffee will lead to a whiter smile. Tea, soda and wine are also common causes of yellow teeth. However, you may not have considered a slew of other possibilities. Your teeth have been with you a long time and deserve some TLC.
Luckily, surface stains are fairly easy to address, but it can be a hassle to constantly reach for the whitestrips or bleach.
Side Effect Solutions
You may not realize that a seemingly unrelated disease or affliction can cause yellow teeth (don’t automatically blame the braces).
For example, chemotherapy, radiation and some infections during pregnancy can all lead to discolored teeth. Certain medications, including many antibiotics, might also be the cause. If you’ve noticed a less-than-stellar smile and have recently been diagnosed with a disease or are taking new drugs, check with your doctor.
Trauma to your teeth is also a possible cause. This can include falling or even grinding your teeth at night. Discoloration from trauma is different than surface stains, and may require something stronger than in-office whitening. Don’t worry if this has happened to you, because it’s still a relatively easy fix.
Some Things Can’t Be Helped
Everyone has their own version of a whitest white. This is determined by genetics, so you can blame Mom and Dad for the color of your teeth. Not even the best dentist in the world can make your teeth whiter than they are naturally (without replacing your teeth with veneers). However, even if you do go the veneer route, a good dentist will only match the veneers to your natural white.
Aging is another cause of yellow teeth. As we age, our enamel wears away, which is the whitest part of our teeth. Underneath, dentin is naturally more yellow, and it begins to show. If you’ve noticed older people with stunningly white teeth, they’re likely dentures, implants or veneers.
If you have surface stains from an Americano addiction, you can probably fix this at home. Try out various over-the-counter solutions, like those whitestrips. Another option is simply wetting a wash cloth, dipping it in baking soda and scrubbing away. This is a more concentrated solution to those baking soda-infused toothpastes that are saturating the market, so be careful.
However, if you need something stronger, your dentist can take care of you. This is often the case after wearing braces, but don’t despair — these stains are superficial. In-office whitening is a quick treatment you can schedule during a lunch break. Contact Johnson Elite Orthodontics to discuss surface stains after orthodontics, and for expert help on making the brilliant no-orthodontics debut you deserve.