Teeth Whitening: Does Sensitivity Disqualify You?
- Posted on: Apr 15 2018
Teeth whitening has helped millions of people gain confidence in their smile, and it continues to be one of the most frequently performed treatments in cosmetic dentistry. The popularity of teeth whitening isn’t a surprise; numerous methods of removing enamel stains have been tried over centuries of time. Many of the techniques have done more harm than good. This is why teeth whitening is best when a qualified dentist or supervised employee performs it in a dental office. We are proud to offer patients of our Pittsford office the value of professional teeth whitening. Additionally, we recognize the need to discuss the link between sensitivity and this beneficial treatment.
Connecting the Dots Between Teeth Whitening and Sensitivity
If sensitivity is already an issue for you, the last thing you want to hear is that teeth whitening may cause the nerves of teeth to act up a bit. We want to pause for a moment to say that this is one of the very reasons that we perform in-office teeth whitening using the KöR Whitening Deep Bleaching System. Using this method, most patients achieve their desired results with minimal discomfort, if any at all. The same may not be true for patients who choose a home-whitening kit. However, there are strategies that patients can implement to improve this process, as well.
For teeth whitening to be effective, the concentrated bleaching agent must penetrate the natural biofilm that covers enamel. Then, the bleaching agent must seep into the pores of enamel. In these pores is where tiny molecules of debris have accumulated. When targeted with peroxide, these molecules are broken down, allowing light to reflect better off the surface enamel. This may help you understand the process, but what we really want is to help you get the radiant smile you want without noticeable discomfort.
Easy steps to reduce sensitivity during teeth whitening include:
- Talk with your dentist about an appropriate toothpaste for sensitive teeth.
- Reduce discomfort with ibuprofen or acetaminophen (do not take together).
- Drink through a straw.
- Consume foods and beverages at room temperature until sensitivity diminishes.
Schedule a Consultation
Teeth whitening is one of the fastest, easiest ways to your best smile. Don’t let sensitivity stand in your way. Schedule a visit with us at 585-248-2383 to see how we can eliminate discoloration comfortably.
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