Whitening teeth without braces is only slightly different from whitening teeth with braces. According to the American Dental Association, you can whiten your teeth at home or have your teeth professionally whitened at a dentist’s office. If you whiten your teeth at home, you might save a little bit of money. However, getting your teeth whitened at a dentist’s office will generate better results.
Whitening Toothpaste - If you’re not already brushing your teeth with whitening toothpaste, then you should start doing so right away. Whitening tooth paste won’t rapidly whiten your teeth, but it will certainly help a little bit. Some of the most popular whitening toothpastes that are currently on the market include Crest, Colgate, Supersmile and Colgate. Whitening toothpaste can be purchased at most drug stores and super markets and are relatively inexpensive.
Tooth Whitening Strips - If you have braces on both your top and bottom rows of teeth, then you can’t use tooth whitening strips to whiten your teeth. However, if you only have tooth whitening strips on your bottom row of teeth, then you could use tooth whitening strips on the top. However, be warned that this might result in the top and bottom rows of your teeth being slightly different shades. Tooth whitening strips cost about $30 for a month’s supply.
Laser Teeth Whitening - Laser teeth whitening is another way that you can whiten your teeth if you have braces. First, the dentist will put on peroxide that will naturally whiten your teeth. After that, he will shoot the peroxide with a laser that speeds up the chemical reaction that the peroxide has with your teeth. Most dentists recommend waiting to get teeth whitening until your braces are off. However, if you are desperate for a whitening solution, then you’ll still be able to get the procedure done.
Consider Waiting - If you have braces, it might actually be more beneficial for you to wait until you get your braces off to pursue serious teeth whitening. If you get your teeth whitened while you have braces then you won’t be able to whiten the spots of your teeth that have brackets on them. As a result, you will have yellow spots on your teeth when your braces get removed. If you just wait until you get your braces off, tooth whitening will be much more beneficial for you in the long run.