Once your braces are removed or you’re finished with Invisalign, what better way to showcase your new smile than with a teeth whitening treatment? Timonium, MD orthodontist Dr. Mohammad Izadi at Izadi Orthodontics often helps patients with take home and in office teeth whitening after their orthodontic treatment has completed. Learn more about how braces may contribute to tooth discoloration and how you can whiten your teeth below.
How Do Teeth Get Discolored?
Many patients find that their teeth have a yellow tint after braces are removed. Diligent oral hygiene is challenging with braces, especially for children who are also dealing with discomfort or feeling self-conscious. Plaque can build up in small spaces that are difficult to reach, and even adults with braces may find that they have some discoloration after treatment. Highly pigmented foods and beverages can also cause yellowing of the teeth.
Dr. Izadi offers take-home or in-office teeth whitening, which can erase years’ worth of stains and provide a beautiful shine to your smile.
In-Office Teeth Whitening
Our fastest method of teeth whitening is the in-office procedure. This takes a little over an hour and can produce results up to ten shades lighter. Results will depend on the severity and source of stains on the patient’s teeth, with certain stains being more difficult to erase completely. Dr. Izadi will discuss expected results prior to your treatment during your consultation.
The process of in-office teeth whitening usually goes as follows. First, we set up a protective barrier for your gums. Next, we brush a layer of maximum strength bleaching gel onto your teeth and activate the ingredients with a special light. This process may need to be repeated several times until your desired shade is achieved.
At-Home Teeth Whitening Kit
Our most convenient method for removing stains from your tooth enamel is at-home teeth whitening. This method utilizes custom-fitted trays that Dr. Izadi creates in the office and a maximum strength bleaching gel. The take home kit will provide results far superior to over the counter options such as whitening strips and toothpastes that you may see for sale at your local drugstore.
At home, you will fill the trays with gel and fit them over your teeth for the prescribed amount of time daily, often overnight while you sleep. The bleaching gel will remove stains and, because it contains fluoride, it will also reduce sensitivity and strengthen your enamel. After about a week of regular use, your teeth will look dramatically whiter.
All our teeth whitening products are specially formulated to minimize tooth sensitivity and Dr. Izadi carefully supervises teeth whitening treatments.
Teeth Whitening After Braces in Timonium, MD
To discuss which teeth whitening treatment would work best for your dental hygiene goals and orthodontic needs, schedule an appointment with Izadi Orthodontics by calling (410) 919-9806 or request an appointment online.