Braces wearers clearly care about how their teeth look. After months and sometimes years of wearing orthodontic appliances, the first thing that many people want to do after having their braces removed is have their teeth whitened. There are many in-office and over-the-counter options for teeth whitening. Before having any whitening procedure done, be sure to consult with your orthodontist to learn how whitening may affect your teeth post-braces.

After your braces are removed, you should have your teeth professionally cleaned by a general dentist. If you have severe discoloration, he or she may be able to determine the underlying cause and suggest which treatment option would work best for you. 

Over-the-counter whitening products include special toothpastes and whitening kits with a peroxide solution used to bleach the teeth. The kits commonly come in the form of strips that need to be placed on the teeth for several minutes a day. Cosmetic dentists perform in-office laser whitening treatments that usually last for an hour, after which patients will typically see instant results.

All orthodontic patients should remember that after their braces are removed, they will very likely need to wear a retainer to maintain their teeth. During your regular appointments with your orthodontist, you should discuss your plans for teeth whitening so that he or she can advise you about how it may affect your treatment plan.

Those with orthodontic braces who want to learn more about what needs to be done after the appliances are removed should seek the advice of a New York City orthodontist. Dr. Tanya Vaysman and the staff at Upper Eastside Orthodontists would be happy to meet with you and answer any questions that you may have.

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