In certain instances, such as a tooth that is no longer viable or as a result of staining from metal braces, there is sometimes a need to whiten teeth. Whitening of primary teeth should never be done at home using over-the-counter products. The enamel of a child’s tooth is very different than the enamel of an adult’s tooth. This can cause inconsistent whitening if done with the wrong product.
The most common use for teeth whitening in pediatric dentistry is to help those with braces maintain a consistently white smile. When someone wears braces, there is a chance of discoloration happening. It is hard to clean 100% consistently around the brackets attached to the tooth. When it is time for the braces to come off and the brackets are removed from the teeth, there is a chance that there will be a small square of differently colored tooth under the bracket.
When this occurs, an in-office dental teeth bleaching is the ideal way to help make the tooth a consistent white color. Using a low-grade bleaching solution, your child’s dentist will work to make sure the small square area matches the rest of the tooth.
To prevent the need for teeth whitening after braces are removed, ensure that proper dental hygiene practices are being followed. In addition to brushing, the use of bendable bristled flossers is very helpful to clean out the trickier areas.