Your braces can easily get stained from eating. The biggest culprit in this problem is curry. Curry can easily stain your ceramic braces and the elastics/rubber bands/ligatures too. The brackets themselves don’t usually have stains but all the other components are. This can make your smile unattractive because any color will be prominent when your white teeth are in the background.
Don’t worry about the stains too much. More often than not, it is only the elastics. As you probably know, the elastics and ligatures are replaced during your adjustment appointments. So every 4-6 weeks you will get a new set that is not stained.
You can avoid this problem altogether by taking a few precautionary steps.
- Don’t get clear colored elastics. Choose darker colors such as navy blue and violet. These are harder to stain, and if they do get a few stains, the color doesn’t get affected. The other benefit of these colors, is that when you brush your teeth, the staining gets reduced.
- If you have a very important business meeting and you need your teeth to be clean and white, schedule an orthodontic appointment for the day before your meeting.
- AVOID CURRY at all costs. Curry is the enemy of ligatures and elastics. It stains them like no other food ingredient. If you are craving curry, eat it the day before or of an appointment.
- Avoid: CURRY, mustard, coffee, tea, cigarettes, and plant based sauces.
You can execute a few steps to partially clean some of the stains off the braces and elastics. You won’t be able to completely eliminate all the staining from your elastics, but you can reduce it. Brush your teeth repeatedly with a whitening type of toothpaste to help remove the stains. Another option you can take is that after every meal, rinse your mouth and brush your teeth. That way the sauce and food doesn’t sit in your mouth for too long. This prevents it from taking effect and staining. By rinsing immediately, you would remove everything off your elastics before they can sit and chemically change the colors of your braces and elastics.