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Teeth Whitening Solutions for Sensitive Teeth
Patients with sensitive teeth know that different foods and beverages can affect sensitivity, and so can teeth whitening.
There are certain dental procedures that a dentist may not recommend if they know that there is a chance that it could make the teeth more sensitive. Professional teeth whitening is one of those procedures. Because of the strength and intensity of the solution and gel that would be used for whitening, they could be hesitant. It can cause tooth sensitivity, and for people with already sensitive teeth it could worsen the issue and cause them to be even more miserable.
What whitening options are there for sensitive teeth?
It is important for a patient to speak with their dentist about the best option for them to get a brighter smile if they already have sensitive teeth. Of course, it will depend on the severity of the sensitivity. It is also not uncommon that a dentist will not recommend professional teeth whitening for someone with tooth sensitivity.
It is a dentist's utmost priority that they only recommend procedures that will help their patients and not cause more pain in the long-term. Speaking openly with a dentist will be important through this decision process.
Teeth whitening strips
Teeth whitening strips are typically coated in a type of hydrogen peroxide solution that will sit on the teeth and begin the whitening process. Because this solution is far less powerful, it will not cause as much tooth sensitivity as professional teeth whitening agents. These professional grade agents are very powerful and can increase sensitivity for people without sensitive teeth, to begin with.
Teeth whitening rinses and toothpaste
Another option that a dentist may recommend for someone with sensitive teeth who is looking to have their teeth whitened is a whitening mouthwash. These are already great for keeping clean and fresh breath throughout the day. However, for patients with tooth sensitivity that are wanting whiter teeth, it can also be a good option.
Again, because of the strength of the whitening solution is far less powerful than professional teeth whitening agents, it will not be as much of a concern of more tooth sensitivity.
Toothpaste that is marketed and provides teeth whitening agents can be a great option along with the whitening mouthwash. Typically people that use these two products together will get results a bit faster than just using one or the other. A dentist will be able to help suggest the best two to use together.
The bottom line
Throughout the process of finding a good whitening option for patients with tooth sensitivity, it is important that patients are open and honest with their dentist about how severe their sensitivity is. Not disclosing this information could cause a lot of pain in the future and is not what you or your dentist would want.
If you have more questions about good teeth whitening options for people with tooth sensitivity, give us a call and we will gladly help you make the best decision for your teeth and whitening goals. Call us today!
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