Should I get teeth whitening after braces?

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Should I get teeth whitening after braces?

Many orthodontic patients choose to have their teeth whitened after their treatment. Here, our Maple Ridge orthodontists explain why.


After having braces of for months or years, many of our patients find that the spots on their teeth where their brackets were adhered are lighter in colour than the rest of their teeth.

This happens because over time, food and drink can 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 of all the food and drink that you’ve consumed, while the other parts of their teeth have not.

As a result, many patients find that their teeth look splotchy and uneven after their orthodontic treatment is complete. This is not to say that the exposed areas have become unusually yellow, but rather, that they appear to be so in contrast with the areas that have been protected.

While this uneven appearance will diminish over time, some patients prefer not to wait, and choose to undergo teeth whitening.

Teeth whitening helps remove stains on the surface of the teeth, and lightens the actual colour of the teeth as well, resulting in a more even, brighter smile.

If you’re interested in whitening your teeth after having your braces removed, contact our Maple Ridge orthdontists today to find out of teeth whitening is right for you.

Book your No Obligation Smile Consultation today with Ridge Meadows Orthodontics.