Many orthodontic patients decide to have teeth whitening after their treatment is complete. Here, our Langley orthodontists explain why.
After having braces for months or years, many of our patients find that where the brackets were adhered to their teeth is lighter in colour than the rest of their teeth.
This happens because over time, food and drink will cause teeth to become discoloured.
While the braces are attached, the small area covered by the brackets is protected and sealed off from exposure of all the food and drink that you’ve consumed, but the other parts of their teeth have not.
The result is that many patients find that their teeth look splotchy and uneven following orthodontic treatment. This is not to say that the exposed areas have become unusually discoloured, but rather, that they appear to be so in contrast with the areas that have been protected.
Although this uneven appearance will diminish over time, some patients prefer not to wait, and decide to undergo teeth whitening.
Teeth whitening will help to remove stains from the surface of the teeth, and lighten the actual colour of the teeth as well, resulting in a more even and brighter smile.