Our orthodontic patients often choose to have their teeth whitened after their braces are removed. Here, our orthodontists explain why.
After having braces for months, or years, our patients sometimes find that the spots on their teeth where their brackets were adhered are lighter in colour than the rest of their teeth.
The reason for this is that over time, food and drink cause teeth to become discoloured, but during the whole time you had braces, the small area covered by the brackets has been protected and sealed off from exposure to all of the food and drink that you’ve consumed.
As a result, many patients find that their teeth look splotchy and uneven after their orthodontic treatment is complete.
It's important to note that this does not mean that the exposed areas have become unusually discoloured, but rather, that they appear to be so in contrast with the areas that have been protected.
This uneven appearance will diminish over time. However, some patients prefer not to wait, and choose to have their teeth whitened.
Teeth whitening helps to remove stains from the surface of the teeth, and lightens the actual colour of the teeth. The treatment results in a more even, brighter smile.