Are you thinking about getting braces? Are you already wearing them? Well, then I'm sure you have questions about what to do with them once your orthodontist takes them off. One of the most common concerns is whether or not white marks will form from improper brushing. So let's talk about it!
Will Braces Leave White Marks On My Teeth?
The good news is, that braces by themselves, do not cause white marks on your teeth. In other words, if white marks appear on your teeth while wearing braces, or are revealed after braces are removed, then there may be another issue at play or a simple solution that could help eliminate them.
Proper care and hygiene are key when it comes to avoiding problems like white spots — in fact, good oral hygiene is often the easiest path toward solving any problem you might encounter along your journey with braces. For example:
- Brush regularly (twice per day) using toothpaste made specifically for sensitive teeth or gums
- Floss daily using flossers designed for people who wear braces
Braces Can Help To Straighten Teeth
Braces are a type of orthodontic appliance that help to straighten teeth. These devices are made from metal, ceramic, or plastic and can be self-ligating (moving wires) or conventional (metal bands). The different components of braces work together to move all or just some of your teeth into their proper place.
Braces can be used to correct problems like misaligned teeth or gaps between them so that you have a nice smile!
White Marks Are Caused By Plaque
It's not uncommon for people who have worn braces to develop white spots on their teeth. If you've been wearing braces for a few months or more, you may notice small white spots on your teeth.
These are caused by plaque buildup around your gums and can be removed at home with an oral rinse or toothpaste that contains fluoride. The best way to avoid getting these marks in the first place is by brushing twice a day and flossing once daily after meals.
If you already have small white spots on your teeth from wearing braces, try using an oral rinse immediately following eating or drinking acidic foods such as orange juice or soda (which contain citric acid). If this doesn't work, try using a fouride toothpaste and a soft bristle toothbrush.
How To Prevent Or Remove White Marks
There are a few things you can do to make sure that your teeth stay white while wearing braces. Here’s a list that will get you started:
- Brush and floss your teeth as recommended by your dentist
- Use non-whitening fluoride toothpaste when cleaning your teeth
- Reduce your intake of acidic or staining foods and drinks (ie. orange juice or soda)
- Try a water flosser to clean hard-to-reach areas
- Use mouthwash every day
- Report any areas of concern to your orthodontist
In some instances, where brushing and flossing has been neglected for long periods of time, white spots may require more professional attention. Professional fluoride treatments, or in-office teeth whitening are sometimes necessary solutions when the discoloration is more serious.
Take Good Care Of Your Teeth
Ultimately, the health of your teeth while wearing braces depends on you. That’s why it’s so important to brush and floss your teeth regularly! The longer you go without brushing your teeth, the more likely it is that white spots will form on your teeth while wearing braces.
The good news is, white spots are usually not permantent, and can be removed simply by improving your oral hygene. If you’re concerned about the color of your teeth while wearing braces, consult with your orthodontist or dentist about what options are right for you!