Congratulations! Your braces have been removed and your smile is now the best version possible. Because you’ve likely had your braces on for a few years, you may notice a few stains and you’re probably wondering how to get rid of them.
We break down some simple ways to make it easy to get your smile back to shining bright in its full glory.
How to Get Rid of Braces Stains: What Actually Causes Them?
White spots and yellow or brown stains are actually caused differently. Whereas white spots are typically caused by enamel decay, yellow or brown stains could be caused by multiple factors.
What Causes White Spots From Braces?
Primarily, white spots are caused by plaque eating away at your teeth. Plaque is the substance that most often forms when a tooth isn’t brushed or flossed in a specific area. This most often occurs at the areas around the brackets of braces where it can be more difficult to brush.
Because plaque contains acidic bacterial byproducts (which are also responsible for tooth decay) the sticky film can damage your enamel’s outer layers. Over time, the affected tooth will lose some of its integrity and develop the chalky-white appearance you see as white spots.
What Causes Yellow and Brown Stains From Braces?
Brown stains, in particular, can be caused when a tooth that’s started to decay gets remineralized by an improved oral hygiene routine and may leave a brown “scar”.
Yellow and brown stains can also be caused by food or drink like coffee, tea, and so on. All teeth are porous and can absorb these darker particles from this food or drink if your teeth aren’t brushed or flossed regularly.
Tartar is also a common cause of yellow or brown stains on braces. Tartar is just calcified plaque from food or drink and can easily be removed at a dental cleaning.
How to Get Rid of White Spots on Teeth From Braces
To remove white spots on your teeth, you’ll need professional help as it’s not something you can do at home.
Your dentist may need to perform some restoration to ensure your teeth all look white and bright.
How to Get Rid of Yellow and Brown Teeth Stains After Braces
Unlike white spots, there are actually a number of things you can do to get rid of yellow and brown stains on your teeth.
Also known as dental bleaching, this can help with mild discolouration and help blend the colour of the surrounding enamel. While teeth whitening kits are available, we recommend getting it done at a dentist after braces since home kits aren’t as effective at removing deeper stains.
Cosmetic Bonding or Dental Veneers
Finally, for the more severe cases of discolouration, cosmetic bonding or dental veneers can be used to whiten your smile. Bonding is better for smaller areas, while veneers cover the entire front-side of the respective teeth and are a more comprehensive solution.
How to Prevent Getting Braces Stains
Stains from braces can be frustrating to deal with so to prevent them from ever happening the best things to do are:
- Talk to your orthodontist about the best ways and tools to clean your teeth while you have braces and use those tools and methods as recommended.
- Scheduling regular cleaning appointments to ensure the harder to clean bits on your teeth are professionally scrubbed off.
- Purchase an electric toothbrush over a manual one since they provide more comprehensive cleaning and use it regularly.
If you have any questions about dealing with stains from braces make sure to ask your orthodontist to get their recommendation for how to prevent or treat them.