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Can Braces Stain Your Teeth?

By July 28, 2022August 23rd, 2022Orthodontics

In recent years, the importance people give to dental aesthetics has increasingly blunt. Accordingly, the most evident cosmetic factors contributing to this growth are looking good and feeling good (self-esteem).

We found these factors plausible. However, other aspects at the core of Orthodontic treatment like dental health (oral hygiene) and the ability to eat without a problem passed to a secondary place in people’s mindsets.

Consequently, the driving force within the aesthetic factor is the value that society gives to physical appearance, and smiling is undoubtedly related to looking good.

We can see in advertising campaigns messages that are transmitted showing happy models marketing products with an aesthetic smile. Recent developments in orthodontic treatments and the rampant cosmetic orthodontic industry accompany the impact of this influence.

Today, patients can opt for conventional braces orthodontic treatments, but there are also new, more aesthetic options such as lingual brackets and clear aligners like Invisalign.

Far from the aesthetic discussion, it is crucial to highlight that an aligned and integrated denture is synonymous with good dental health, bringing many benefits patients should not overlook.

This article deals with the aesthetics of orthodontic treatment, with a little twist on a late concern for patients. Can Braces Stain Your Teeth? We treat the causes, solutions, and preventive measures related to orthodontic treatment and stains.

Can Your Teeth Stain with Braces?

Frequently, orthodontic professionals observe lesions during treatment that occur near the accessories that adhere to the tooth surface, such as rubber bands or brackets.

White spot lesions are relatively common. However, the incidence and severity with which they occur are significant from an epidemiological perspective.

These lesions relate to the enamel demineralization process that occurs in contact with orthodontic treatment devices. As part of the care and prevention of the problem, orthodontists must guide their patients on how to brush with braces and maintain proper oral hygiene.

Conventional ligation braces include accessories that surround the perimeter of the bracket. Unfortunately, the perimeter covered with accessories potentiates the accumulation of bacterial plaque that causes enamel demineralization and structural wearing, producing white spots.

Another type of lesion known as a brown spot, which, unlike the white spot, represents a higher degree of demineralization, is an aggressive type of demineralization.

Brackets form bacterial plaque stagnation areas, making the optimal oral hygiene process difficult but not impossible. Insisting on this, inadequate oral hygiene promotes the accumulation of aciduric bacteria and consequent plaque accumulation.

How to Get Rid of Stains on Teeth After Braces?

A post-braces procedure to remove stains is tooth whitening. This technique lightens teeth’ color with chemicals like peroxides or chlorides. However, this treatment has a major disadvantage. It can cause tooth dehydration and loss of the mineral matrix of tooth enamel.

On the other hand, aesthetic dentistry experts opt for a less invasive procedure for dental whitening. This process consists of the passage and return of light through the dental enamel matrix. It involves removing pigmenting substances without damaging the enamel layer of the tooth. As a result, patients evidence a new tone in the enamel layer of teeth.

A dentist or a dental aesthetic professional carries out the stain removal process once the orthodontist in Sacramento removes the orthodontic accessories. However, we suggest waiting three to four weeks so that the denture has adequate time for periodontal and pulpal recovery.

How to Prevent Teeth Staining?

Dental stains usually occur for various reasons, but the result is always the same, the smile deteriorates. In some cases, people may feel embarrassed to smile if they have stained teeth, which can directly affect their self-esteem and even their interpersonal relationships.

The most important thing to keep your teeth clean is to follow proper and correct oral hygiene measures and adopt them as habits. For example, brushing teeth for at least 2 minutes after each meal is a primary habit that people should practice.

Also, patients are encouraged to floss with a self-threading or interdental flosser to enhance the mechanical remotion of particles. As a complementary measure, dental hygienists and orthodontists might recommend a water irrigator directing the water stream to unclog a stuck food particle.

After brushing and flossing, patients might also include a mouthwash to reduce the bacteria population. Furthermore, patients can opt to brush with a whitening toothpaste.

Finally, and also important. Avoid foods that cause stains (citrus fruits, coffee, tea). Also, quitting smoking or avoiding smoking as much as possible will help reduce tooth color wear.

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