If you’re currently undergoing teeth realignment treatment with a fixed brace, you may be counting down the days until it’s time to have it removed. If you are, you can take comfort in the knowledge that you’re definitely not alone!
Though the anticipation of having your braces taken off can feel very exciting, it’s important to know what to expect. Most importantly, you’ll be met with the wonderfully straight smile you’ve been hoping for. But it’s also good to know in advance that fixed braces can have an impact on the surface of your teeth enamel.
When the brackets are removed from your teeth, you may discover that they leave behind some staining. This is because it can be more difficult to brush away residue of things like coffee and red wine when you’re wearing a brace.
You’ll probably be keen to show off your new smile as soon as possible, and because of this many people ask about whitening treatments. However, we recommend you wait at least a month before making any decisions.
This is for two reasons:
- Fixed braces can be hard on your teeth enamel. In some cases, the enamel on the surface of the teeth is thinned slightly during the realignment process. Whitening your teeth at this point could damage this sensitive enamel, so it’s wise to give it some time to recover.
- You may discover that you don’t need a whitening treatment after all! A few weeks of thorough brushing post-brace removal may lift any stains without the need for a whitening treatment.
If you do decide to go ahead with a whitening treatment after your brace has been removed, we recommend that you speak to your specialist orthodontist or usual dentist before going ahead. They’ll be able to check the condition of your teeth and recommend an appropriate treatment.
Want to read more about caring for your teeth after realignment treatment? Here’s our advice on maintaining your smile after braces.