While immensely helpful to adjusting your smile, braces can get in the way of essential oral care like brushing, flossing and whitening your teeth. To keep your pearly whites, well, white you might be wondering how to whiten your teeth with braces.
It seems like it would be tricky, but there are actually 3 different methods you can use to get your teeth.
Using Whitening Toothpaste With Braces Effectively
To whiten your teeth when you have braces on simply using whitening toothpaste is one of your best bets. Many of these kinds of toothpaste contain abrasive particles, like silica, to scrub away surface stains on your teeth. Some kinds of toothpaste also contain abrasive chemicals to do the same.
To get the best results when brushing your teeth using an electric toothbrush in combination with whitening toothpaste 2-3 times a day. It’s important to brush gently so that you don’t get increased tooth sensitivity.
How to Whiten Teeth With Braces: Whitening Strips
Probably one of the best options on this list for effectively whitening your teeth, whitening strips are both affordable and easy to use.
Bear in mind that whitening strips will only for those who are using Invisalign. People with traditional braces won’t be able to use whitening strips.
Each strip contains either a bleaching agent or peroxide that’s designed to lift stains off your teeth. To use them, most whitening strips need to be applied to your teeth 1-2 times a day for at most 45 min. at a time.
However, some people may experience gum irritation or tooth sensitivity in some cases from the chemicals. If that happens, stop using whitening strips.
Using Whitening Trays to Whiten Teeth
Similar to whitening strips, whitening trays also use a bleaching agent with a tray that moulds to your teeth for comprehensive whitening.
Also like whitening strips, whitening trays will only work with Invisalign.
No matter which option you choose, your teeth will look great in no time, and you’ll be more than happy to show off your smile in photos.