Some people find lingual braces appealing because the brackets and wires are on the inside of the teeth towards the tongue. Braces are a serious investment in the cosmetic appearance or correction of your smile. Sometimes your teeth can develop mild surface staining that might have you wanting to seek out a tooth-whitening product.
The problem is that the enamel under the brackets is not exposed to the whitening. If you use a gel or whitening toothpaste when the braces are removed, you will see a difference in tooth color where all of the brackets attached to the individual teeth.
Tooth-whitening strips might be a better alternative for people with lingual braces. The strips can be cut down so that they just fit over the face and biting surface of your teeth. Since most people other than your dentist or hygienist never see the backside of your teeth, there will be little noticeable difference.
Once the lingual braces are removed, you can ask your dentist about whitening options for the backside of your teeth.
It’s also a good idea to try to cut back or completely cut out drinking dark beverages like coffee and tea. You should stop using tobacco products. Tobacco irritates the gum tissue and quickly stains braces and teeth alike.
Flossing is important for removing food particles and plaque that can cause gum disease. Be sure to take the time to find the floss that works best for you. Some people will choose to use a floss threader or super floss.
If you have questions about cleaning your lingual braces or your tooth-whitening options, please call us at 972-563-1670 to schedule an appointment.