Many people who choose Invisalign to straighten their teeth are also hoping to whiten their teeth to achieve the ultimate, perfect smile.
Compared to other teeth-straightening methods, like braces, Invisalign allows you to whiten your teeth during your treatment process. In other words, you don’t have to wait to get that perfect set of pearly whites!
Whitening Toothpastes And Mouthwashes
Since your Invisalign aligners are removable, you can opt for simpler, less intense forms of tooth whitening. Whitening toothpastes and mouthwashes can be helpful for those who are wearing aligners. Wearing your trays after using specialty mouthwash or toothpaste keeps the whitening agents close to your teeth, creating even greater whitening action.
With that said, professional whitening tools are typically more effective than home whitening remedies, and you may want to contact your dentist about additional treatment.
In addition to do-it-yourself whitening treatments, you can also see your dentist about specific whitening gels.
Many dental offices provide specific whitening treatments for patients with Invisalign that can either be applied by the dentist or at home. During your appointment, your dentist will apply whitening gel to your Invisalign retainers. Your retainers will act a little bit like whitening trays. Basically, they will keep the whitening gel close to your teeth for maximum whitening potential.
Keep in mind, it’s always safer to get your whitening gels and trays from your dentist, so don’t be charmed by cheap, online whitening options. You don’t want to mess up your beautiful smile by mistake.
Avoid Unnecessary Staining
While whitening your teeth is definitely possible while using Invisalign, you must care for your aligners properly and avoid food and drinks that might cause staining.
Thankfully, due to Invisalign’s unique design, you can still drink your favorite beverages without causing permanent staining. It’s imperative to remove your aligners any time you drink something, but especially when drinking dark liquids, like coffee, tea, wine, or soft drinks.
Make sure you’re not reversing your progress by accidentally staining your teeth and aligners. Additionally, make sure you’re brushing your teeth after drinking anything that may stain your teeth. This will ensure the staining agents doesn’t stick to your teeth when putting your aligners back on.
When Is The Best Time To Whiten Teeth While Using Invisalign Aligners?
While you can certainly start the whitening process while wearing Invisalign, there are many dentists who recommend waiting until after your teeth are somewhat aligned before starting a whitening procedure.
During your treatment, your teeth are in constant movement. Since they are moving so much, new discoloration could appear on areas of your teeth that were not originally exposed to whitening agents. Therefore, you might want to wait until later on in your treatment to start your tooth whitening process.
Create A Plan For Your Smile Future
If you are currently going through the Invisalign treatment and are curious about your whitening options, talk to a team of trusted specialists. The team at East Center Dental can answer any questions about the whitening process. Contact them today and start planning for your future smile.