Can I Whiten When Wearing Invisalign®?

When achieving a bright and beautiful smile, you want to ensure you care for your teeth in the best ways possible. If you’re already undergoing orthodontic treatment to straighten your teeth and improve your overall dental health, you may wonder if you can simultaneously whiten your teeth.

While traditional metal braces can interfere with the process of teeth whitening, it is indeed possible to keep your smile looking bright and healthy while wearing Invisalign! In this blog post, Dr. Becca Bradley of QC South Dentistry will tell you how—and how to score complimentary teeth whitening in Charlotte, NC!

Whitening Toothpaste

While many products promise whitening power, ADA-approved whitening toothpaste can reduce or remove mild staining on the surface of the teeth. Whitening toothpaste contains mild abrasives (such as silica) to scrub away surface-level stains or whitening agents (like hydrogen peroxide) to bleach the teeth. When used twice daily, whitening toothpaste breaks down staining and helps patients achieve a brighter smile after a few weeks of consistent use.

Whitening Strips

Another store-bought option is whitening strips. Since whitening strips are designed to fit on the teeth for a few minutes daily, it’s possible to use them (if you wear your aligners for the recommended amount of time). Teeth whitening strips contain tooth-lightening ingredients, like peroxide or bleach. Thus, whitening strips brighten the surface of your teeth, similar to how bleach brightens your clothes, hair, or porcelain tile. The peroxide bleaches the color of your teeth to restore their natural white color. Using these strips can be a great way to enhance your smile’s brightness, all while still following your orthodontic treatment plan.

Professional Teeth Whitening

Thankfully, there are a variety of professional teeth whitening options out there, and one that’s been causing a buzz is the Pola SDI Advanced Tooth Whitening System. This teeth whitening treatment uses a specially formulated gel applied to your teeth to remove stubborn stains. Because Pola has a patented built-in desensitizer, patients can choose daytime or nighttime wear. Also, due to its high water content and antibacterial properties, patients experience less gingival inflammation and sensitivity. You can achieve a brighter, more confident smile in just a few sessions.

Don’t Choose Between Teeth Whitening and Invisalign

If you’re struggling with discolored teeth, you’re not alone, and it’s a common issue that can affect anyone, regardless of age or lifestyle. Luckily, several teeth whitening options are designed to work with clear aligners, so you don’t have to choose between straightening and whitening your teeth.

At QC South Dentistry in South Charlotte, Dr. Bradley offers complimentary Pola teeth whitening gel for Invisalign patients to achieve a straighter and whiter smile. Call Dr. Bradley at 704-909-2366 or send a message to pair professional teeth whitening with Invisalign treatment.