teeth whitening treatments for sensitive teeth

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Teeth Whitening Treatments For Sensitive Teeth

Mild tooth sensitivity is a side effect after any teeth whitening treatment. For most people, the mild sensitivity subsides after a short while, but some people experience intense sensitivity for several days.

This makes it difficult for those with sensitive teeth to whiten their teeth, but some solutions can help make teeth whitening for sensitive teeth possible. If your teeth are sensitive and want to whiten them, your dentist W1 Wimpole street,can recommend safe whitening solutions.

Why do teeth whitening products increase sensitivity?

All whitening products contain carbamide or hydrogen peroxide at varying degrees, with at-hometeeth whitening products containing a smaller amount of the bleaching agent. Regardless of the amount of the bleaching agent in a whitening product, it can cause teeth irritation and sensitivity.

The sensitivity occurs because when the peroxide penetrates the enamel, it gets to the dentin layer containing nerves to cause irritation. As the teeth whitening gel becomes active, the pores on the teeth open and becomes exposed, leading to dehydration. Your teeth will remain sensitive for days until they get rehydrated from prolonged saliva production.

Other factors such as the whitening product used, adhering to the instruction for use or not, and peroxide concentration can also affect the duration and severity of teeth sensitivity after a whitening treatment.

Consult your dentist about teeth whitening options

It is best to talk to a dentist before your teeth whitening treatment if you have sensitiveteeth and other health issues that may cause sensitivity, like cavities. If you have a dental problem that increases the risk of tooth sensitivity, you would need to get treatment first, as most dental problems are treatable. After addressing the dental issue, you can whiten your teeth.

When you consult your doctor before any teeth whitening treatment, they can help you find a suitable whitening solution for people with sensitive teeth.

Professional teeth whitening treatment

Getting a professional teeth whitening treatment from your dentist may be the best option if you have sensitive teeth. Although professional teeth whitening is more expensive than at-home teeth whitening treatments, it ensures that a dental professional supervises your teeth whiteningprocess to keep your teeth safe.

Your dental professional may also use desensitisers and gels to reduce your teeth sensitivity during your whitening treatment to prevent increased sensitivity after your professional teeth whitening.

Professional teeth whitening is also more effective for removing deep-seated teeth stains, and the result lasts longer than home teeth whitening solutions.

Porcelain veneers

If your teeth are severely stained, they may not respond to teeth whitening solutions, so your dentist may recommend porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers are fitted on the front surface of your teeth to cover stains and imperfections.  If you are suitable for porcelain veneers, your dentist will explain the procedure for it.

DIY teeth whitening solutions for sensitive teeth

DIY teeth whitening solutions are more affordable than professional teeth whitening. They help improve your teeth colour by a few shades. However, most of these whitening treatments can irritate the sensitive gums and teeth, especially when you do not follow the instructions for use.

Several home teeth whitening options such as gels, rinses, OTC whitening trays, and strips are available, but before you opt for one, ensure you read the instructions for sensitive teeth. Some whitening products are specially for people with sensitive teeth.

Maintaining your whitened teeth

Regardless of how you whiten your teeth, it is important to take care of your teeth to maintain their improved colour. The following care tips will help keep your teeth white for long.

  • Avoid smoking and tobacco products
  • Rinse or brush your teeth after taking dark-coloured beverages like tea and food like pasta sauce
  • Use a straw for drinking dark-coloured beverages.

If you have sensitive teeth but you want to whiten teeth in London, contact Wimpole Dental Office today on 020 7183 1906 to schedule an appointment for safe, professional teeth whitening treatment.

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