Braces versus Retainers: A Comprehensive Overveiw

Braces versus Retainers: A Comprehensive Overveiw

Keep Your Invisible Braces White With These Six Tips

by Lonnie Bryant

Invisible braces feature plastic trays that you can remove. While they are more convenient and discreet than metal braces for many people, they provide a clear look at your teeth, and if you want a great smile, you've got to keep your trays white.

If you have invisible braces and want a white smile, here are five tips to help you:

1. Drink coffee without your trays in

While it's essential to wear your trays or aligners while you sleep, you have to take them out in the morning to brush your teeth and clean the trays. To help whiten them, take them out before you have your coffee. While you sip your teeth-staining morning cup of caffeine, let your aligners soak in a cleaning solution with oxidising agents.

2. Use cleaning solutions with oxidising agents

If you want your aligners to stay as white as possible, use the cleaning solution recommended for your brand of invisible braces. Many companies offer special cleaning kits featuring magical crystals that turn into bubbling cleaning agents when mixed with water. Those agents remove bacteria and debris, but for ultimate whitening, you also need oxidising agents in your cleaning solutions.

Oxidising agents remove stains as well as smells, dyes, detergents and other stain causing agents.

3. Explore alternatives to professional cleaners

If professional cleaning kits become too expensive to use, consider exploring other options. Invisible brace wearers use a range of alternatives, including water mixed with mouthwash, a few drops of hydrogen peroxide, vinegar and denture soaking solutions to clean and whiten their aligners.

Always talk with your dentist before using alternatives to ensure they are right for you.

4. Brush aligners with whitening foam

Before putting your aligners in for the night, consider brushing them with a foaming whitening paste. This can help keep your aligners clear and stain free, and if you leave a slight bit of foam on the trays, it presses against your teeth as you wear them, helping to whiten your teeth.

5. Focus on keeping your teeth white

If you want white or stain-free aligners, you also need to focus on keeping your teeth white. While drinking teeth staining drinks such as coffee, use a straw. Switch to a whitening toothpaste, and keep vigilant about brushing, flossing and rinsing.

6. Use the power of illusion

You can also create visual illusions to make your teeth look more white. If you wear lipstick, choose your colour strategically. Stay away from corals and other shades of orange that highlight the yellow in your teeth. Also avoid blacks, browns or greys. Instead, use a light gloss or a deep red with very little orange tones. For more information or advice, contact a business such as Jeffcott Dental Clinic.


About Me

Braces versus Retainers: A Comprehensive Overveiw

There are more than two ways to straighten a smile, and in this blog, I plan to discuss them all. I plan to look at the differences between braces and retainers and explain why sometimes you may need them both. I look at the differences in cost, time commitment and efficacy. Personally, I have had a bit of experience with this subject – I had braces as a young teen, and I had a permanent retainer. In this blog, I discuss what I have learned, and I present all kinds of new information on the topic. Whether you are trying to make decisions for yourself or your child. I hope you find this information useful.