I was wondering if teeth whitening will work to remove these ugly white spots on my teeth. They were left behind after my braces were removed.
During three years of braces, I probably didn’t do the best job at caring for my teeth and keeping them clean. My dentist promised me a free teeth whitening treatment after they came off. But now he’s not recommending it because he is convinced that the whitening will not be even. Does this sound normal or should I get a second opinion to see if another dentist thinks the teeth whitening will get rid of the discoloration.
-Becky in Missouri
Congratulations at getting your orthodontics off! That is always an exciting milestone. Unfortunately, the white spots left behind by braces are not uncommon. Generally, it occurs more with kids that don’t take keep up with cleaning their teeth as they should.
Teeth whitening after braces all depends on the type of stains that were left behind. For example, the “white spots” may actually be areas of decay that are beginning to form and causing the stains. Or they may be surface stains that can be polished away.
It is also possible that there is some cement residue that may be left behind where the braces and brackets once were. A good cleaning will take care of any of the remaining residue. And if it turns out to be decay that is the culprit, tooth bonding may be used to touch up those areas.
At this point, it may be worth it to seek a second opinion from a reputable cosmetic dentist in your area. The right cosmetic dentist will be able to address the aesthetics of your smile and make the correct recommendations regarding tooth whitening. You deserve a beautiful, white smile now that your teeth are straight.
This post is sponsored by York PA dentist Donald H. Currie, DMD