Invisalign is the first step for many dental patients in achieving the smile they want. However, many of these patients may be interested in whitening treatments. Learning what you need to know about partnering Invisalign and teeth whitening treatments will help you to make the best decisions for your oral health.
At Home Whitening Treatments
At home whitening treatments may seem like an easy option when you're going through Invisalign treatments. However, at home whitening treatments may not achieve the same results as a treatment performed by your dentist. If you choose to use an at-home whitening treatment, it's best to use a gel instead of whiting strips. Whitening gels are compatible with your Invisalign trays, whereas whitening strips may not provide as even of coverage.
If you attempt at home whitening treatments and it doesn't go well, don't worry! Many dentists are able to minimize the effects of uneven whitening treatments.
Whitening Treatments With Your Dentist
Whitening treatments with Invisalign are normally available through your dentist unless you have a unique dental situation that prevents treatment. Your Invisalign trays double as whitening trays. However before you begin treatment, have your dentist go over the condition of your trays. If your trays are worn, it's possible the whitening treatment won't apply evenly to all of your teeth. If this is the case, you could ask your dentist for new trays or schedule your whitening treatments for when you have new trays during your treatment.
Some Invisalign trays don't hug your gum line as tightly as some whitening trays do. In this case, your dentist may pause your Invisalign treatments to use better trays for whitening. Your dentist may also ask you to pursue whitening treatments after your Invisalign treatments have concluded.
Whitening With Dental Work
Whitening with dental crowns or fillings isn't something you want to do at home. These crowns and fillings won't change to match the color of the rest of your teeth during the treatment. Your dentist will have to change your dental work to match the new color of your teeth after the whitening process.
In some cases, your dentist may advise against whitening during Invisalign if they feel your teeth won't whiten evenly during treatments.
Talk To Your Dentist
If you're interested in having whitening treatments during your Invisalign treatments, talk to your dentist. Your dentist will be able to advise you on the treatments options that will work best for your unique dental situation.