How To Whiten Teeth With Braces: 4 Amazing Methods

How To Whiten Teeth With Braces

Teeth braces also known as ‘Dental Braces’ is one of the many products used by the orthodontist to straighten the teeth structure. Discoloration of the teeth is not only caused by the drinks and food we eat, but also by fixing of teeth braces. This is in fact due to the buildup of bacteria and plaque which can lead to stain and spots on the teeth especially when food gets stuck in between the wires and brackets of the braces.


Whitening of the teeth while wearing braces can sometimes be problematic, as it is difficult or the whitening agent to reach areas where brackets are covering the surface of the teeth and in areas where the teeth are shifting and overlapping. This can equally result in uneven shades of the teeth. But thorough cleaning of the teeth can be achieved with teeth braces on and one can have his or her teeth white again.


Although whitening of the teeth is possible while wearing braces, this can only be applied when lingual or clear removable aligners are worn. This may not be applicable in some teeth whitening agents because the braces worn are the traditional metal braces. Notably, it is not all whitening methods that are the same. Some are only effective in removing surface stains while some are effective in removing stains caused by food, drinks and stains from under the surface of the teeth.

1. By Using Teeth Whitening Strips

These strips are at-home whitening methods that are safe and effective. These strips are coated with peroxide-based whitening serum or bleaching agent that when applied, makes the teeth white. Teeth whitening strips can be applied over the teeth once or twice a day for up to 45 minutes and are designed to lift stains off the surface of the teeth. This method is most effective in lingual braces than in traditional metal braces.

2. By Using Teeth Whitening Tray

This tray is otherwise called ‘LED Whitening Kit’. It comes with an LED mouthpiece and a peroxide based whitening gel. A small amount of the whitening gel is placed on the LED tray and then inserted into the mouth for at least 30 minutes to an hour. This should be done for 2 to 3 weeks to achieve the desired result. This method also only works for lingual braces.

3 & 4. By Using Whitening Toothpaste and Mouthwash

Whitening toothpaste and mouthwash are most effective for traditional braces The whitening toothpaste contains abrasive practical like silica which helps to scrub away surface stains on the teeth and that’s why it is effective in removing surface stains. On the other hand, the mouthwash freshens the breath and protects the teeth against new stains from forming. The whitening toothpaste can be used two to three times a day while the mouthwash can be used at least once a day and can help keep the teeth free from any new surface stains.

How To Whiten Teeth With Braces
How To Whiten Teeth With Braces


An orthodontist is in the best position to recommend a product that can be used to whiten the teeth while wearing braces. These products are usually safe and with no alarming potential side effects. The following product below can be considered when whitening the teeth with braces.

Interdental Brush

Orthodontic patient can opt for interdental brushes because of the numerous fine bristles that can easily penetrate tight spaces beneath the orthodontic wires and the spaces between the two teeth. This is usually recommended alongside the regular brush by the orthodontist. They’re also good at dislodging food particles stuck in the braces.

Regular Flossing

Dental flossing is the act that can help remove plaque deposit from tight spaces between the teeth and thereby help prevent dental problems like tooth decay and teeth stains. Super flossing is also recommended as it makes it easier for people with dental appliances or braces. Super flossing can be the stiffened end threader(which helps floss between wire) and the soft spongy floss(for cleaning round appliances). Flossing should be done daily, morning and evening.

Fluoride Toothpaste and Mouthwash

Just like the interdental brush, the best toothbrush for braces are the non-abrasive toothpaste. The fluoride contained in the toothpaste will keep the enamel of the teeth strong and help prevent cavities. It is recommended to brush after every meal to avoid food debris from settling on the braces. The choice of toothbrush whether manual or electric can equally have the same effect.

The fluoride mouthwash also helps to prevent cavities and takes care of the overall oral hygiene of the mouth. So, wrapping up regular oral hygiene with fluoride mouthwash is one of the best ways to keep the oral cavity clean.


Do It Yourself’ also known as DIY is not the most effective way of whitening the teeth especially when braces are on. But they can be used as alternatives as there are some conventional methods that can be used that may be safe, although they could equally damage the braces. Note that they are not always effective like the whitening based products.

Baking Soda

Baking soda prevents bacteria from growing in the mouth as it reduces plaque and prevents tooth decay. This is because of the industrial importance of the baking soda. Because of its mild abrasive nature, it is known to scrub away surface stain on the teeth as a result of its whitening properties. 

Oil Pulling

Oil pulling is carried out by washing the mouth with oil to remove food debris and bacteria. Some of the oils that can be used are; coconut oil, sesame oil or sunflower oil to clean the mouth. Notably, the use of baking soda is more effective than this method, as there’s no scientific data to prove that in fact oil pulling can whiten the teeth.

Hydrogen Peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide contains mild bleaching properties that help whiten the teeth. But this can cause some increase in sensitivity to the tooth and may not be suitable to use for long. 

Note: Both the baking soda and hydrogen peroxide can be mixed for 1-2 minutes twice a week to see desired results. Once any irritation is discovered after its use, discontinue immediately and visit an Orthodontist.

Also, making dietary changes can also help keep the teeth white. This can be achieved by doing away with certain foods that have high acidic content such as caffeine, soda, etc. These kinds of food can cause the teeth to turn yellowish, weaken the enamel layer or wear away the teeth which will begin to look darker.

Habits such as smoking of tobacco  which alternatively have high nacotine stains can also cause discoloration of the teeth. That’s why Dentists generally recommend brushing after each meal. This is to prevent tooth decay and gum disease, both of which can damage the enamel and cause oral health issues.


The following things should be considered important in order to keep a healthy and white teeth while wearing braces.

  1. Brushing regularly: Preferably after each meal.
  2. Floss regularly: This is to remove food debris from around the mouth.
  3. Use recommended toothpaste and mouthwash: Fluoride toothpaste and mouthwash are the best products for mouth hygiene.
  4. Eat healthy food, fruits and drinks: Avoid food  and drinks that are high in tobacco, high sugar and acidic food that are likely to cause teeth discoloration.
  5. Keep to the orthodontist or dental appointment: Discuss possible products and available treatment for teeth discoloration.


Notably, whitening strips or gels is not an assurance that the teeth will get whiten while wearing braces. This is so because the surface of the teeth that are covered with braces may not undergo any color change, resulting in uneven color of the teeth.

Secondly, whitening of the teeth with braces can also result in irritation. Some whitening products that contain either hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide can increase teeth and gum sensitivity. This can cause discomfort and such products should be discontinued and reported to the Orthodontist for further recommendation.


Since some persons may not wait to remove the braces before getting their teeth whitened, then it is advisable to consult the orthodontist about possible methods and products that can be used to whiten the teeth without having to remove the braces. But it is advised to commence teeth whitening once the braces are pulled off from the teeth.

To prevent teeth discoloration, brushing regularly preferably after every meal as well as flossing daily are the key to a healthy and whiter teeth. Limiting the amount of food as well as gum disease may likely cause teeth discoloration. Suspected gum disease should be checked and confirmed by the Orthodontist.

Regular dental appointments with the dentist or Orthodontist could help detect any underlying conditions that may have affected your teeth. Healthy eating should also be promoted, especially food good in calcium to help strengthen the teeth.

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