Lots of people who have braces are worried that when they will remove those braces their teeth will be stained. Usually the stains left behind are if you don’t brush properly or regularly. Do not forget to brush your teeth vigilantly reaching to the farthest of crevices so that you are left with teeth that look real good. Food can get easily trapped in between the braces and leave stains behind. Even after taking regular care you still find that your teeth are stained after you have had your braces removed you can have them polished and whitened by the dentist.

Braces are of several kinds. Invisalign braces will not stain your teeth at all. In case you have other kinds of braces you can do everything in your might to keep the stains under control by maintaining a severe check on your teeth hygiene. Brush, floss and mouth wash everyday religiously. Later, when your braces are removed you won’t have much of a stain on them. Your dentist might also bleach your teeth which will make the stains disappear permanently. And all you will be left with are a straight set of whitest of white of teeth which might be mistaken for pearls.


If your teeth were really clean and white when the braces were put on and you did not maintain the same brushing technique whilst the braces were on then when they are removed you will have white and yellow spots on your teeth. Just brush nice and hard and try to remove those stains. However, stains really don’t happen to a lot of patients who wear braces. In case of removable braces you are at an advantage as they can be removed to clean your teeth well enough.


At times the food particles that aren’t reachable and get trapped underneath the teeth beneath the braces leave stains that are quite stubborn. The white stains caused like this are initial carious lesion known as incipient lesions. If one does not take care then this can cause the decay of the tooth but if one brush properly twice a day with fluoridated tooth paste then these lesions can be remineralized. If one wants to avoid having stains after the braces are removed then the best thing is to maintain very good oral hygiene by brushing properly so that no food particles remain trapped between the teeth and the braces and t floss the teeth properly otherwise you can have the stains which gives very unaesthetic look. It is not always that the stains are there because of decay but sometimes it can be because of the remnants of the glue which is used to glue the bracket on the teeth. One should not be worried about them as the can be easily removed by cleaning and polishing. Normally when the braces are removed the dentist does the cleaning and polishing of the teeth so that all the extrinsic stains can be removed.


One question mostly asked by the patients is that if they want to go for the whitening of teeth like bleaching can they get it done with braces? Will not get the answers is no. as the area of the tooth covered by the bracket will not get bleached and the tooth will give blotchy appearance when the braces are removed. The area which is bleaches will be whiter and the area where the brackets are put will be paler. So if one wants to go for whitening of the teeth that should be done after the removal of the braces.

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  • Alice

    Alice 23 - May - 2015, at 10:27 AM

  • I have had braces for a while and I have terrible brushing habits so im scared that i will have squares on my teeth. is there any way to fix that or minimize it?

  • Anne

    Anne 28 - May - 2014, at 03:18 AM

  • Hello, I had braces when I was 10-12 years old, retainers 12-14 years old. I hate to disappoint the people who say braces do not discolor the teeth but they do. I have before and after picture of my teeth. Before the braces, my teeth were white, after the braces my teeth were grey and there is a stripe across my teeth where the metal bands were. Metal braces cause intrinsic staining that is caused by dental restoration procedures that use corrosive agents like that cement or adhesive that is used to cement those bands on the teeth, it has nothing to do with hygiene. The hygiene excuse is just that, an excuse to take the responsibility away from the orthodontist who should've gave informed consent regarding braces! Back when my braces were taken off, I heard the same song and dance, all you need is a cleaning and polishing and your teeth will be back to the way they were. That was 35 years ago! I had many many cleanings, even did teeth bleaching. All the bleaching did was make the teeth so sensitive, my teeth ache if I do not use Sensodyne toothpaste. Metal braces discolor teeth, I would stay away from them and use invisalign.

  • Molly

    Molly 25 - March - 2014, at 18:35 PM

  • What kinds of toothpastes are best for helping minimize this type of discoloration?

  • Regan

    Regan 12 - December - 2013, at 18:59 PM

  • I have braces and I brush like im supposed to but both sides of my family have naturally bad enamel and I have found several cracks in the past two months... is it me or the teeth that I've inherited?

  • Dr.Ritz

    Dr.Ritz 31 - August - 2012, at 02:38 AM

  • Dear CRAZY, Its common to see tooth discoloration after braces. It is due to improper oral hygiene and non feasablity to tooth brush to clean the areas. Don't worry you will get professional cleaning that will remove all the discoloration.

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