Teeth whitening can boost confidence and change lives. Unfortunately, while professional treatments can yield magnificent results, it is not uncommon for them to cause otherwise healthy teeth to temporarily feel sensitive. For those with sensitive teeth, this can make teeth whitening seem out of reach.
Thankfully, there are ways to transform sensitive teeth into a beautiful white smile, too.
Understanding Sensitive Teeth
Sensitive teeth can be the result of many different things. Sometimes it is temporary, other times long-lasting. A few of the most common causes include:
- Thinning tooth enamel
- Receding gums
- Poor diet
- A cracked tooth
- Gingivitis (or more advanced periodontitis)
- Bruxism (teeth grinding)
- Poor oral hygiene routine
Caring for sensitive teeth can be tough, often requiring the use of simple steps like using desensitizing toothpaste as well as certain dental treatments like gum grafting, root canals, and bonding.
Preparing Your Sensitive Teeth for Whitening
Just because your teeth are more sensitive than others doesn’t mean that you should have to forego a shining smile. There are ways you can prepare your teeth for whitening regardless of the type of whitening treatment you use. One of the simplest ways to do this is by brushing your teeth with desensitizing toothpaste and mouthwash prior to the treatment. This will work to minimize the issues you may have with sensitivity.
Of course, you can always consult with your dentist and tackle any issues first before undergoing any teeth whitening treatment. Desensitizing treatments can be very beneficial in reducing your sensitivity.
Professional Teeth Whitening Treatments
Although there are many different types to choose from, professional teeth whitening treatments are the best option for those with sensitive teeth. This type of treatment is administered by a dental professional, giving you the best results - in the shortest amount of time.
Because the whitening is done in the office, you can benefit from the monitoring of your dentist, making sure that everything goes smoothly. Desensitizing gels can be applied to the teeth to reduce any chance of pain during and after the treatment.
If you are still not sure about teeth whitening treatments, you can always choose an alternative option to brighten your smile, such as veneers.
Handling Sensitivity After Teeth Whitening
Sensitivity is likely to happen after teeth whitening. Sometimes just knowing how to handle the sensitivity after treatment can help ease the pain. Here’s how you can do that:
- Brush your teeth gently using a desensitizing toothpaste
- Avoid drinking coffee, sodas, sugary foods, acidic foods, and others that lead to greater sensitivity.
- Use over-the-counter anti-inflammatory pain relievers as needed
Don’t let sensitive teeth stop you from getting teeth whitening. Talk to your dentist and develop a before, during, and aftercare plan for your teeth.
Learn More About Teeth Whitening
At Stuart Prosthetic Dentistry, we understand that those with sensitive teeth may be hesitant to undergo teeth whitening treatments. That’s why our team of dental professionals has in-depth training on how to meet your needs in the most comfortable way possible.