Will Braces Make My Teeth Yellow?

After months, and months of treatment, finally getting those braces off is a massive relief knowing that your teeth are finally in alignment, and the feeling of freedom with having nothing in your mouth anymore. But some people may notice a change in the color of their teeth after braces treatment.

Why Some People’s Teeth Yellow After Braces

Yellowed teeth after braces removal is a fairly common problem in teen and adolescent patients. Whether they be ceramic or traditional; braces are NOT the source of the staining on your teeth. Poor hygiene during the duration of your braces treatment is. Not brushing every day, and snacking on food that can easily dislodge under your braces, are a couple of the most common perpetrators. Whatever the specific culprit, when the braces come off, your teeth may need some whitening.

Plaque & Tartar

The build-up of plaque in tooth crevices is a common cause of yellowing. Plaque naturally has no color. It is a tacky film that coats teeth and is made up of bacteria on your teeth interacting with the foods and drinks you consume. When plaque meets sugar, acid develops and this draws out minerals from your teeth, causing discoloration.

Plaque also increases the risk of gum disease and tooth decay, this is doubly true with braces.

Once plaque on your teeth hardens, this is known as tartar. Tartar is a crusty deposit that can develop as fast as 24 hours (if you don’t brush). The yellow and brown discoloration is caused by tartar and tartar is harder to remove compared to the relatively soft plaque. You can’t remove tartar on your own, you’ll need the service of a dental professional. 

The Effect of Braces on Oral Hygiene

The only way to protect against plaque and tartar build-up is to have good oral hygiene practices, especially if you have braces. If you have braces, you should rinse and brush after every meal and floss at least twice a day. 

 Admittedly, braces make cleaning your teeth a lot more tricky. You will have to brush around the brackets and wires at first, and be a little more patient with flossing because not enough of both will still lead to plaque build-up. 

You may want to consider a professional cleaning at mBrace. You can set an appointment with us to go through your dental needs.  

Foods To Avoid

Tea, coffee, soda, wine, and dark juice are all culprits in teeth staining. Starch, sugar, and acidic foods should also be avoided as they promote bacterial growth. 

After Braces Whitening Teeth

Yellow teeth can definitely make a person feel insecure. You can use a whitening toothpaste at home which will remove surface-level discoloration. Some whitening toothpastes also contain louride which can help strengthen enamel, thereby whitening the tooth surface.

You may also try your hand at a home whitening treatment with whitening gel, though you will need a custom dental tray to do that. 

Teeth Whitening is a very common dental service. Best to just book an appointment and get it done by a trained professional. In 20-60 minutes, you’ll be all good!

If you know that you’ll be getting braces, get you’re teeth whitened after treatment, not before because of the above-mentioned reasons. That and after just having your teeth whitened, braces may cause uneven coloring as the whitening agent may not be able to reach some areas of the teeth properly. 

Wait 6 Months

Wearing braces may cause your teeth to be weaker for a while. Sometimes, maintaining proper oral hygiene can even cause some whitening after your braces come off. It is best to wait and see before you rush into a new treatment. Give your teeth some time to adjust. 

If you plan to get your teeth proessionally whitened, our team here at mBrace can schedule that for you.  Professional treatment is more effective than an at-home kit since stronger concentrations of whitening product can be used. Another benefit to professional whitening is that your technician can spot other easy-to-miss dental problems like gum disease or demineralization. 

Finish your treatment and let some time pass before starting a new one. To get the smile you deserve, book an appointment with us here at mBrace. 

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