Can I get my teeth white while I am wearing braces?

2018.06.13

I really should have gotten my teeth whitened before I got braces. I don’t know why I didn’t. I just kept putting it off. Thanks, M.A.

M.A. – Yes, it is possible to whiten teeth while you are wearing braces, but it may be best for you to wait until your braces are removed. There are several factors to consider.

Teeth Whitening While You Wear Braces

  • Certain brands of teeth whitening have whitening trays that are made to fit over braces. The whitening gel will get beneath the braces to whiten your teeth, but it may not get beneath the brackets that are bonded to your teeth. When your braces are removed, your teeth will look patchy.
  • Many dentists don’t recommend whitening your teeth while you wear braces. Many whitening products, including whitening toothpaste, scratch ceramic braces.
  • It is easier to whiten teeth during orthodontic treatment if you wear Invisalign. The invisible braces are easily removed, so whitening your teeth will work well and evenly. For patients who wear Invisalign, your dentist will tell you the best time to begin whitening your teeth.

Speak with the dentist or orthodontist from whom you received the braces to determine if you are a candidate for teeth whitening. Do not try to whiten your teeth yourself without speaking with your dentist about it first.

Your dentist will also give you tips on how to avoid staining your teeth while wearing braces.

This post is sponsored by Lowell, MA dentist Dr. Michael Szarek.