Sometimes people experience gum inflammation or excessive sensitivity when they first have their braces removed, and such conditions make it wise to wait a while before having their teeth whitened. However, for most people the period right after having braces removed is an ideal time to undergo a whitening treatment, and here are just a few reasons why.
Correct Patches Left by Braces
When you have braces fitted, several supports will need to be attached to the surface of your teeth. These don’t do any harm – in fact, they can protect the enamel below from bacteria, plaque, and staining agents. The problem is that, by guarding your teeth, they can leave small patches that are whiter than the rest of the tooth. This can be quite disappointing after waiting years to have the braces taken off, so it makes sense to have patches corrected right away through an appropriate whitening treatment.
Correct Patches Created by Moving Teeth
It isn’t just the supports that can leave you with oddly white patches after having braces. The whole point of having them in the first place is to move teeth back into their proper alignment. Unfortunately, that means that patches that were once hidden can become exposed, and such patches can take on a different shade. For example, a section of incisor once hidden behind the incisor next to it can be a different shade to the rest of the tooth. Whitening right away can help correct the issue.
Strike While You’re Used to the Sensation
Remember when you first got fitted with braces and thought you’d never get used to the sensation? Well, you did, and it might be a good idea to make the most of that adjustment. When you bleach your teeth, you need to wear whitening trays for extended periods each day over one or two weeks, usually during the night. Most people dislike the feeling, but you’ll barely notice sleeping with trays in after having had braces for so long.