Whitening before braces?

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Whitening before braces?

#1 Post by drgnchsr36 » Fri Dec 10, 2010 9:20 pm

I'm wondering if it's worth trying to whiten my teeth before braces in January or if I should wait the 2yrs....

For those of you who have whitened their teeth, could it be done in 3 weeks?

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Re: Whitening before braces?

#2 Post by ashesgap » Fri Dec 10, 2010 10:16 pm

I did the crest white strips before i got mine put on. I did two strips a day, upper and lower, for about 2 weeks. I had to space it out a little cause it caused my teeth to be very sensitive. One of the docs on here suggested giving your teeth two weeks between whitening and getting the braces. Thats what i did and i didn't have any issues. I felt a lot better having whitened just a little, but as soon as i can i'm going to whiten after i get the braces off.
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Re: Whitening before braces?

#3 Post by drgnchsr36 » Fri Dec 10, 2010 10:36 pm

Hmm, if I try it.. I have a 2 week window then.. if I did it 2 weeks before braces. I might try it for a couple of days and see how it goes!

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Re: Whitening before braces?

#4 Post by Audra » Sat Dec 11, 2010 8:42 am

Whitening before braces can affect the ability of the brackets to adhere to your teeth (this has been confirmed by Dr. Rick on this board). It's probably best to wait until you are done with your treatment.
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Re: Whitening before braces?

#5 Post by drgnchsr36 » Sat Dec 11, 2010 8:57 am

Awww, darn. Ok, I will wait then.

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#6 Post by ashesgap » Sat Dec 11, 2010 9:42 am

Dr Rick is the one who said give your teeth two weeks between whitening and bonding.
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Re: Whitening before braces?

#7 Post by RedDress » Sat Dec 11, 2010 10:59 am

drgnchsr36 wrote:Awww, darn. Ok, I will wait then.

thanks!
I did the stupid thing of waiting and now regret it. I cannot do it now, but I wish I could. Firstly my teeth look pretty yellow and it makes the whole thing look unattractive. If I had them whitened then my transparent shiny innovation Cs would have looked much better. I do not know what kind of braces you are getting, but if transparent once - go for whitening. You can also do lazer whitening (that's what I am going to do after I am done). That will be expensive but fast and longer lasting .
Also, now, that my teeth have straitened, I can see some filings in between my teeth and those look pretty ugly. I would have them replaced, but I cannot do it since then I will have to redo if after the whitening when the color will change.
So, my advice - go for it! Braces will be on your teeth for a couple of years and you will feel much better, if you are selfconfident about the look of your mouth. Braces make white teeth look great (like my husband sais - it is like a tiara on your teeth) . but on grey or yellow teeth they look pretty awful.

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Re: Whitening before braces?

#8 Post by drrick » Sat Dec 11, 2010 11:23 am

You can also do lazer whitening (that's what I am going to do after I am done). That will be expensive but fast and longer lasting .

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Re: Whitening before braces?

#9 Post by drgnchsr36 » Sat Dec 11, 2010 11:24 am

Hmm. I'm getting ceramic on top. I'll check it out at the store.. I just don't want to try it and screw it up..then I'm stuck for 2yrs with it. I wish I had thought of this sooner!!!
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Re: Whitening before braces?

#10 Post by RedDress » Sat Dec 11, 2010 11:51 am

drrick wrote:You can also do lazer whitening (that's what I am going to do after I am done). That will be expensive but fast and longer lasting .

Says who?
Well I agree that that's debatable depending on what you call "long losting". But that was not the point of my post. I though the point was clear enough though.

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Re: Whitening before braces?

#11 Post by MisAligned » Sat Dec 11, 2010 2:16 pm

I used the Crest Whitening Strips for a few weeks before getting my braces. I was a little sensitive when they were put on, but it was still tolerable. I haven't had any trouble with brackets coming off (though I am just one person).

I had been worried about the two-tone look with debanding, but others on this board have reassured me that this won't likely be a problem. I do try to keep my teeth free of stains with whitening toothpaste.

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