Keeping your teeth clean is a great lifelong habit, but it’s especially important when you are in the middle of orthodontic treatment. While the results of getting braces or Invisalign will help you combat oral health issues, you will be more vulnerable to tooth decay during your orthodontic treatment. Another problem to look out for is staining, which can become an issue even with Invisalign. Here’s how you can avoid tooth stains with Invisalign.
Invisalign and Tooth Stains
Generally speaking, more people are worried about staining their teeth when they have braces compared to Invisalign. This is because the brackets can lead to two-toned teeth once they’re removed. But if you aren’t careful, you could end up with teeth that fall short of your pearly white expectations when you complete Invisalign too.
Since the clear brackets wrap over the whole surface of each tooth, they can trap food particles that aren’t cleaned off after eating, preventing water and saliva from rinsing your teeth throughout the day.
Cleaning Your Teeth
To make sure your teeth are as stain-free as possible, the best practice is to brush your teeth with toothpaste after every meal. The longer food stays on your teeth, the more it can stain. By brushing right away, you can reduce your teeth’s exposure to staining agents.
To maximize your cleaning potential when you brush your teeth after eating, consider using an electric toothbrush. It’s also important to floss every day to avoid tooth decay and gum disease. You should consider supplementing your cleaning with a water flosser and mouthwash as well for an enhanced clean.
Avoid Tooth-Staining Foods
While cleaning your teeth and drinking water will help wash away food residue before it can stain your teeth, your best bet to keep from staining your teeth while you have Invisalign is to avoid foods that cause staining.
Some of the biggest culprits are dark sauces that are added to meals, like barbecue sauce, soy sauce, ketchup, or sriracha sauce. Drinks such as red wine, coffee, and dark sodas are also major sources of staining. Essentially, if it could stain your clothes, it can most likely stain your teeth. While it’s unrealistic to expect patients to eliminate these foods from their diets altogether, you should limit your intake of them and be sure to clean your teeth after eating or drinking them and before reinserting your aligners.
Getting Dental Checkups Helps Avoid Tooth Stains
In the same way that it’s even more important to clean your teeth while completing Invisalign, it’s also more important to go to the dentist. Getting regular cleanings will help you avoid tooth decay while also keeping your smile bright and stain-free.
Getting Teeth Whitening
Even though your teeth aren’t covered by brackets when you complete Invisalign, you should still wait until treatment is finished to whiten your teeth. By doing this, you’ll maximize the area of your teeth that end up getting whitened because your teeth will be straight. You can use over-the-counter teeth whitening kits or get a professional treatment done.
Contact Milnor Orthodontics today to learn more about how to avoid tooth stains and to see if Invisalign is right for you.