Avoiding Post-Braces Teeth Discoloration

When you’re wearing traditional braces (as opposed to clear aligners) on your smile as your orthodontic treatment, you run the risk of walking away with uneven stains after the treatment comes off. This can be a bit awkward looking, since the tissue beneath your brackets will remain unstained. As you may have imagined, you’re not without hope! You already know that drinking and eating staining foods is a major no-no but you probably need some additional advice. Fortunately, by taking care of your smile and considering helpful details, you can keep your teeth nice and clean and free of discoloration.

Brush, Brush, Then Floss

Whether you avoid staining foods and drinks or not, many different foods and beverages can lead to stains. So can leaving plaque and tartar on your teeth. By keeping teeth very clean, you minimize your chance of discoloration. With our advice for best dental hygiene practices, brush and floss, so you can walk away with an unstained smile after braces.

Remain Dedicated To Scheduled Visits

As in, don’t schedule your dental checkup and cleaning and then postpone it for a few months. Instead, make sure you’re scheduling cleanings every six months on the dot. This will allow us to remove plaque and tartar from your teeth and around brackets, so teeth remain as clean and white (and healthy) as possible.

If Stains Happen

Let’s say your teeth do become discolored after braces. There’s no need to worry. You can rely on cosmetic dentistry treatments, such as teeth whitening, not long after the brackets and wires come off to erase the damage.

You Can Avoid Post-Braces Discoloration

Remaining mindful of good habits will ensure you walk way after braces with a white smile. Learn more by scheduling an appointment with your Katy, TX dentist at Lathrop Dental Center by calling 832-437-3849. We proudly welcome patients and families from Katy, Fulshear, Weston Lakes, Simonton, Richmond, Rosenberg, Brookshire, Wallis, Orchard, Cypress, Sealy, Columbus, and all surrounding communities.

Ready to fall in love with your smile, but not sure where to start? Send us a photo or a question of your smile, and Dr. Lathrop will respond!