You’ve made it through a lengthy round of orthodontic treatment. The braces have come off and you can finally reap your rewards. You have a beautiful, straight set of teeth. There is only one problem. Your brackets have left stains on your teeth. White stains are among the most typical problems that people experience after their braces come off. The last thing you want is something that takes away from all of that hard work. Fortunately, you can get rid of those stains and flash those pearly whites once your teeth are in top form. Consider your options so you can show off your amazing smile.
How To Get Rid of Stains from Braces
When white spots are left behind on your teeth after braces, the most common cause is decalcification. It’s caused by a breakdown of the minerals on your teeth beneath the brackets. You can’t make them go away on your own, but our orthodontist can help you with options to resolve the problem. You can begin by cleaning your teeth thoroughly three times a day. Try a whitening toothpaste and mouthwash. You may find that this is enough to soften the effect of the stains on your teeth. If your efforts are not enough, you’ll need more professional measures.
What Else Can You Do to Get Rid of Your Stains?
Our orthodontist may recommend a procedure known as re-mineralization, a process in which a substance will be applied to your teeth in order to restore the minerals that have been lost. Professional teeth whitening can result in an amazing restoration as well. Microabrasion is another procedure in which hydrochloric acid and pumice is applied to the stains before it is sanded down to reveal the fresh enamel on your teeth. As a last resort, you can consider having dental veneers placed over your teeth if other options are not successful.
Stains from Braces
As with any type of remedy, you’ll want to take the simplest approach first to get rid of those blemishes on your teeth. You may feel that tooth whitening is the best way to go. While you can buy regular whitening products at your local store, they take longer and can damage your teeth. We can guide you towards more effective products that offer professional-grade strength. They will be applied on special trays that fit securely over your teeth, sparing you irritation of your gums. An LED light can be used to accelerate the whitening process. In the end, you will have a glowing smile that will no longer by marred by stains.
Talk to Your Orthodontist About Removing Stains from Braces
Stains from braces are frustrating, but you do have alternatives that can help you truly make your smile shine. You’ve invested time and money in your teeth to make them straight. Now it’s time to make them sparkle. At the office of Brodie Bowman, DMD, we can help you get results and say goodbye to those pesky stains. Located conveniently in both Niceville and Fort Walton Beach, we proudly help patients in the area achieve beautiful smiles with our comprehensive orthodontic care. Contact us today to set up your consultation!