Clear braces represent a serious investment in improving the alignment of your teeth and the look of your smile. They are essentially traditional bracket-and-wire braces that have been coated in a ceramic material. The ceramic can be matched to the color of your surrounding teeth. This makes them less noticeable to the casual observer.
The enamel of your teeth and the ceramic material coating of the braces can stain differently. If you use tobacco or enjoy food and drinks known to cause staining, this can cause the braces and your natural enamel to no longer match.
In this situation, you might be tempted to turn to a tooth-whitening toothpaste, whitening strips or a whitening gel to brighten your smile. While these may work to remove some of the surface stains on the teeth and braces, it can also have an undesirable after effect.
The enamel under the brackets is not exposed to the whitening compound. This means that when the braces are removed, you will see a difference in tooth color where all of the brackets were attached to the individual teeth.
Ideally, the best approach is to maintain the color of your teeth and ceramic braces with an effective oral hygiene routine. This includes brushing your teeth with a soft-bristled toothbrush and mildly abrasive toothpaste.
You might want to also think about cutting out certain foods and dark beverages that are known to lead to staining. Frequent use of tobacco products can also cause deep staining of tooth enamel and they are very hard to remove. If you use tobacco regularly, you should talk to your doctor about finding a tobacco cessation program that is right for you.
If you have questions about how to keep your teeth white while you have clear braces, please call us at 208.529.8333 to schedule an appointment.