Teeth Whitening with Invisalign Braces
How Invisalign Braces Can be Used For Teeth Whitening
One of the advantages of orthodontic treatment using Invisalign braces is that you can whiten your teeth whilst you are wearing your Invisalign aligners.
I have used this myself with great success. Like many people I found that bleaching my teeth at the beginning of orthodontics was an excellent motivator at a time when I was making the adjustment to life with braces.
Invisalign braces are a modern alternative to fixed metal or clear braces. Made of medical grade plastic they are clear, removable, flexible but strong aligners. Custom made using a mould of the patients mouth, teeth are moved by using a series of aligners. These aligners are worn 20-22 hours a day and can be used as trays for an at home bleaching procedure.
Whitening Gel For Use With or Without Invisalign
How does it work?
An at home teeth whitening process requires two elements: a bleaching gel or solution and trays to apply the treatment to your teeth. What often makes at home bleaching procedures purchased through a dentist expensive is that they require the making of custom made trays in order to get a really good result. This means that the dentist or orthodontist must spend a considerable amount of time taking moulds of the teeth in order to create a perfect fit.
However, an Invisalign braces patient already has a custom tray, made by a dentist or orthodontist, in the form of their Invisalign aligner. This is perfect for at home bleaching. This can be filled with a bleaching gel or solution either provided by the orthodontist or obtained by the patient.
The gel is usually added to the tray and then, depending on the strength of the formula, worn for one to twelve hours. This may be repeated over a number of nights.
As the bleaching tray (or aligner) is custom made there are no gaps between the tray and the teeth to lead to an uneven result.
During my Invisalign treatment my orthodontist provided me with Nitewhite gel which I used with great success. However I discovered shortly afterwards that it was available for Amazon at a significantly lower cost than through my orthodontist.
The Whitening Gel I Used With Great Results
Limitations of Invisalign Aligners As bleaching Trays
One of the limitations of using Invisalign aligners as bleaching trays is that many Invisalign patients require the use of buttons or attachments as part of their treatment. This is where small clear blobs of hard material are attached to the teeth in order to give the aligners more grip on teeth requiring complex movements.
Whilst these attachments are in position Invisalign trays should not be used as bleaching trays as the areas underneath the attachments do not bleach leaving a darker area on the tooth.
For this reason Invisalign patients are advised to bleach either during the first four weeks of treatment prior to attachments being fixed or at the end of treatment after attachment removal when final Invisalign trays may be being used as a retainer.
Tooth Whitening Kits For Use At Home
Actual Patient After Invisalign And Whitening
What About Non Invisalign Patients?
My orthodontist provided me with Nitewhite teeth whitening gel as part of my Invisalign treatment. I soon discovered that this was available through Amazon. What I also discovered is that there are kits available (you can see them below) that include trays to use at home. This is exactly the same get as you get from many dentists and orthodontists but at a fraction of the cost so it is well worth considering.
My own results with Nite White were fantastic so I can highly recommend this gel. My only comment would be that as with any bleaching system it doesn't seem to last forever, I needed to redo it after a couple of years.
Further Information About Invisalign...
- Invisalign Teen - A Review
Review of Invisalign Teen, a clear, modern alternative to braces.
- My Hollywood Smile: Bleaching with my Invisalign Aligners
Blog of actual Invisalign patient using Invisalign braces trays for tooth whitening
- New Invisalign braces- What Will You Need?
Article on the equipment needed to keep Invisalign braces clean and fresh. Includes information about aligner hooks, denture tablets, prepasted toothbrush and braces wax
- Invisalign Braces- How much does Invisalign cost?
Guide to Invisalign costs and factors affecting price when looking for an Invisalign dentist. Discusses additional Invisalign services such as whitening.
- Invisalign Before And After Pictures
A series of Invisalign before and after pictures showing teeth before, during and after treatment with Invisalign braces.
- Invisalign orthodontics-Invisalign cleaning tips
A guide to cleaning your Invisalign braces. Clean Invisalign aligners are vital to keep your mouth fresh and odor free. Ask you Invisalign dentist for more information on Invisalign cleaning
- Choosing an Invisalign Dentist or Orthodontist
A guide to choosing an Invisalign dentist or orthodontist considering cost, experience, and the invisalign system they use. Offers questions to ask your dentist BEFORE you sign a contract.
- Cleaning Your Invisalign Braces
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- An Invisalign Braces Guide Including Pictures
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