For about 8 months or less, I’ve been using whitening toothpaste. I never noticed what brand I was using before because I never really took the time to look at the toothpaste my family buys.
The problem is that I have braces. I’m getting them off soon and I’m afraid that the part of the tooth that is covered by the bracket will be much yellower then the rest of my teeth. I didn’t really notice much difference when using the toothpaste so I’m not sure. Can this problem be fixed? Will I have darker teeth where my brackets are?
It is great to hear that you are taking good care of your teeth especially while you’re in braces. Those who wear braces tend to collect more plaque then those who don’t so having good hygiene is important to prevent tooth decay and gum disease.
Whitening toothpastes do not make your teeth white like dental whitening in office or take home procedures. Toothpastes that contain a whitening agent may help with removing some mild stains, however do not permanently change the color of your teeth. If you are concerned about the color of your teeth and want them whiter after your braces are removed you have two options, but have a consultation with your dentist to see what works best for you. Your dentist may recommend teeth whitening in the form of bleach trays that you take home and apply yourself or laser tooth whitening which takes place in the office. Both products work well and permanently change the color of your teeth, however touching up your teeth with in office bleach gels are recommended about every three to five years. Remember once you bleached your teeth with dental products they do not go back to their original color, yet tend to discolor after several years so upkeep is vital.
Post courtesy of Dr. Goldstein, Cleveland Cosmetic Dentist.