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Minnesota Orthodontist Discusses Teeth Whitening

Bleaching Tips for Patients with Braces

After orthodontic treatment, a number of patients choose to have their teeth whitened. Tooth whitening, or bleaching, is a safe, effective way to improve natural tooth color. As we age, teeth can darken. Teeth can also be stained from exposure to certain environmental factors such as certain foods, drinks or habits. Some common things that stain or discolor teeth include red wine, smoking, coffee, and some types of medications.

If you are interested in bleaching your teeth, here are some things to keep in mind:

– There are different types of bleaching systems. Some bleaching systems are available over the counter. Typically, the most effective bleaching systems are custom made by your dentist or orthodontist to specifically fit your teeth.
– If you are undergoing orthodontic treatment, the general recommendation is to bleach your teeth after orthodontic treatment is complete. Depending on what type of bleaching you do, the trays may not fit and the bleach not work as effectively as possible if you are still having orthodontic treatment.
– Restorations that you have (including silver, gold, or tooth colored fillings and crowns) will not change shade via bleaching. If you are planning to have restorative work done after orthodontic treatment, it is best to bleach before the restorations are done so they will be made to match your new, whiter tooth color.
– Though bleaching is a safe and effective way to lighten the shade of your teeth, some patients may experience tooth sensitivity. If you have sensitive teeth after bleaching, you may decrease the frequency of bleaching treatment or ask your dental provider for a less concentrated bleaching formula. Your dental provider may also be able to treat dental sensitivity with a separate procedure.

For more information about bleaching or other procedures that Zapfel Orthodontics offers, please visit our website or call for an appointment.

For More Information

Please call (763) 784-0420 or visit www.ZapfelOrthodontics.com for more information or to schedule a complimentary initial examination and x-ray. Zapfel Orthodontics is located at 1130 NE County Road 10 in Spring Lake Park, MN 55432 and serves the Minneapolis/St. Paul Twin Cities including Coon Rapids, Blaine, Fridley, Roseville, Anoka, Brooklyn Park, Columbia Heights, and Mounds View, Minnesota.