If you are preparing to get clear braces, you’re likely excited at the prospect of straightening your teeth without the look of visible braces. However, you may also be concerned about staining or discoloration. Do clear braces stain, and if so, what can you do about it? Learn more about what to do to maintain your clear braces and keep them looking nice.
Do Clear Braces Stain?
Both clear and ceramic braces (at least, the clear rubber bands around the brackets) can become discolored under certain circumstances. The most common cause of discoloration is staining from dark-colored foods and drinks like chocolate, curry, coffee, beets, wine, and soda. This discoloration can make your braces (and, by extension, your teeth) look dark, dingy, and yellowed. (Fortunately, once your braces have been removed, there shouldn’t be any permanent staining of your teeth.)
Another factor that can contribute to stains on your clear braces is smoking. Smoking can yellow your teeth over time, as well.
How Can You Avoid Staining Your Braces?
There are a few things you can do to help avoid or minimize the impact of dark-colored foods on your braces.
- Use mouthwash and brush and floss at least twice a day. Brushing and flossing can remove food and plaque from your teeth, and doing it frequently will ensure that these substances don’t stay on your teeth (or your braces) long enough to cause permanent staining.
- Minimize your consumption of staining foods—or take steps to reduce their impact, like drinking dark-colored drinks through a straw, diluting coffee with cream, and rinsing with water immediately after eating dark foods or drinking dark beverages.
- Visit your orthodontist regularly. Your ortho can help give your braces a deep cleaning and monitor your orthodontic progress.
Eliminating smoking can improve circulation—including the circulation in your gums, reducing the risk of tooth loss.
So, do clear braces stain? Though the answer can be yes, it doesn’t need to be inevitable. At Lake Ridge Orthodontics, our experienced staff can help you choose the right type of braces for your unique needs and give you customized care advice. Don’t delay—get in touch today to set up an appointment.