Planning and Preparing for Dental Procedures: Your Questions Answered

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Planning and Preparing for Dental Procedures: Your Questions Answered

Making decisions about your smile can be confusing. Should you have a tooth pulled or get a root canal? Should you get adult braces or stick with a retainer? Should you use at-home whitening remedies or have your teeth professionally whitened? If questions like these are keeping you up at night, you've come to the right place. I used to stress out over routine dental procedures, and as a result, I did loads of research on everything dental-related. To help others, I'm using this blog as a place to collect, review and share what I've learned through the years. I hope you can use the information here to help you plan and prepare for your next dental appointment.

Keeping Invisible Braces Whiter than White

If you have invisible braces and find that your teeth are looking more yellow than usual, don't worry, there's a good chance you're not imagining it! Many people find that the plastic removable trays make their teeth appear a little yellow, but often this is down to the trays are not being cleaned well enough. Read on for some ideas on how to keep your trays clean and white so that you can get your old sparkly smile back!

Check your cleaning solutions

In order to keep your retainers as white as the day you got them, use whatever cleaning solution came with your braces. If you find that doesn't do the job well enough, consider using bicarbonate of soda to give them an extra whitening cleanse. Your aligner tray is made of a porous material, meaning the bicarbonate of soda will be absorbed by the trays, keeping them looking as good as new. To use, simply add some bicarbonate of soda to a bowl of water and pop the trays in to soak. An alternative is a 1:1 mix of hydrogen peroxide and warm water. Whichever method you choose, keep the trays in for about 30 minutes for the best results.

Be careful with tea and coffee!

If you can't do without your morning cup of tea or coffee, that's fine; just make sure that you have it while your trays are having a soak! After having your trays in all night, they need to come out in the morning anyway in order to give your teeth a good brush, so use this opportunity to consume anything that may cause staining to the tray, with tea and coffee being two of the biggest offenders. 

Brush your trays with whitening foam

Before putting your trays in at night, brush them first with a foaming whitening paste. This will ensure that your trays remain clean and stain free, as the foam will easily spread into all the cracks and crevices. A handy tip: if you leave a tiny bit of foam on the trays, it will help whiten your teeth; the foam will press against your teeth as you wear the braces at night. Every little bit helps!

Keep your teeth white!

It's no good keeping your trays in tip-top condition if the teeth beneath are not treated with care. Try and use a straw if you're drinking any staining drinks, such as colas or coffee, while your trays are on your teeth, and stick to a whitening toothpaste to keep your pearly whites just that!

For more information, contact professionals like Perfect Smiles Orthodontics