Can I Whiten My Teeth After Invisalign?

Can I Whiten My Teeth After Invisalign?

Columbus, OH – If you’ve taken the step to improve your smile using Invisalign, you may want to go a step further and make sure your smile is as bright and white as possible. You’ll be showing your new grin off a lot more, so why not have your teeth whitened after Invisalign treatment?

Why Consider Teeth Whitening After Invisalign?

Teeth whitening is a great next step following finishing your Invisalign treatment, for many reasons. While Invisalign worked to correct misalignments in your smile, it didn’t do anything to brighten your teeth. So even though you now have perfectly aligned teeth, you may want to freshen them up and make them as beautiful as possible. Teeth whitening can be a perfect complement to your orthodontic results.

A beautifully white smile that you want to show off can improve your self-esteem, helping you greet the world with confidence. Once you’ve completed your orthodontic treatment, you’ll no doubt be ready for the world to see your results. And adding some whitening after treatment can make your smile even more beautiful. 

Does Invisalign Stain or Make Teeth Yellow?

Over time, it’s natural for our teeth to become slightly discolored. This is especially true if you are a regular tea, coffee, or red wine drinker. Foods and drinks we consume each day can discolor our teeth, and sometimes even the most diligent of tooth brushers can’t remove these stains. If you had staining issues prior to orthodontic treatment, those will still be present after your treatment is complete. 

Invisalign aligners, by themselves, do not stain teeth or make them yellow. However, poor oral hygiene while the patient is in Invisalign treatment can cause stains or teeth discoloration. This discoloration can often be corrected with teeth whitening treatments after the Invisalign treatment is complete.

If your Invisalign treatment includes attachments—small buttons we add to your teeth to enhance the effectiveness of the treatment for certain patients—they can increase the chances of developing stains as plaque can form around them and cause discoloration.

Exploring Your Teeth Whitening Options

Today, there are more teeth whitening options that ever before. Prior to starting a whitening treatment, it can be beneficial to speak to your dentist about which option may be best for you. Options include:

  • In-office whitening treatments are applied by your dentist in office using a special solution and light to whiten the teeth. This is often the fastest type of treatment.
  • Take-home whitening kits are special whitening trays customized by your dentist that use a special solution or gel that can whiten your teeth over time.
  • Over-the-counter whitening kits can be purchased at most drug stores and can include whitening strips, gels, and pens or whitening toothpastes or mouthwashes. 
  • KOR Teeth Whitening System uses specially designed trays to ensure a longer and more effective whitening. 

After choosing your whitening method, it is important to adhere to a proper oral hygiene routine to maintain your dazzling white smile. Regular brushing and flossing and checkups with your dentist can keep your smile on track. It can also be helpful to limit foods and drinks that can stain your teeth. 

Completing Invisalign treatment can provide you with a beautifully straight smile, and teeth whitening and be an ideal complement. If you are interested in learning more about whitening options, contact Polaris Dental Care at 614-505-7027. 

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Dr. Irfan Khan is a top-rated dentist in Columbus, OH. He graduated from Ohio State University College of Dentistry in 2008 and has established and currently leads the Polaris Dental Care. He and his team are highly committed to providing the best dental care in the Columbus, Grandview, and Dublin, OH, areas. With its multiple office locations, Polaris Dental Care focuses on patient comfort and personalized treatment.

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