April 4, 2022
Is your fear of teeth sensitivity stopping you from getting a whitening treatment? Maybe you’ve gone back and forth considering if whiter teeth are worth any discomfort you might experience. But before you make a firm decision, you should know that sensitivity after professional whitening is fairly uncommon. And if it occurs, it’s short-lived and causes no damage to your teeth. Here’s what you need to know about whitening and what you can do to avoid teeth sensitivity.
Causes of Teeth Whitening Sensitivity
The majority of whitening products, whether they’re over-the-counter or professional grade, contain a substance called hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. These are extremely effective for reducing stains and discoloration. For those who have sensitive teeth, they can sometimes cause a bit of aching during the treatment. Alternatively, some individuals notice some sensitivity while eating or drinking hot or cold items.
The good news is that the sensitivity doesn’t last long, if you even experience it at all. When done correctly, any temporary sensitivity should resolve within a matter of days.
How to Avoid It
If you’re worried about experiencing sensitivity from your whitening treatment, there are a few things you can do:
- Opt for a professional whitening treatment. Your dentist is experienced and knows which products to use to prevent tooth sensitivity. They will help guide you through the process, whether you’re whitening in the office or using a take-home kit.
- If you decide to use a store-bought product, look for one that has a lower level of hydrogen or carbamide peroxide. If you go this route, it’s important to be aware that you may not achieve the level of whitening you’re after.
- Avoid hot or cold food and drinks for a few days after your treatment.
- Consider using a toothpaste for sensitive teeth. Your dentist may be able to prescribe one, or you can purchase an over-the-counter product.
- Discuss your concerns with your dentist. If you have particularly sensitive teeth, you may have other options available for whitening, like cosmetic dental bonding or veneers.
A whiter smile can boost your confidence and ensure that you’re looking and feeling your best. If your fear of sensitivity is holding you back from brighter teeth, talk with your dentist about treatment options that will best fit your needs.
About the Practice
Blanco Circle Dental Care in Salinas is known for providing gentle, high-quality care in cosmetic and general dentistry. Both Dr. Hajdari and Dr. Rassi have years of experience and continuing education in the latest dental technologies. Dr. Rassi is a member of the American Dental Association and the California Dental Association while Dr. Hajdari is a Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry. If you have any questions about teeth whitening treatments or tooth sensitivity, visit their website or give them a call at (831)422-7838.
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