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Teeth Whitening For People With Sensitive Teeth

Sensitive Teeth and Teeth Whitening

For people with sensitive teeth, you might be reluctant to try teeth whitening to avoid increasing your teeth’ sensitivity or pain. However, there are several options to help you achieve a whiter, brighter smile without cousin discomfort. In this post, you will learn more about some common causes of tooth sensitivity and how to get effective and safe teeth whitening for sensitive teeth.

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What Are the Causes of Tooth Sensitivity?

Let’s start by talking about what causes tooth sensitivity. Tooth sensitivity is a common condition that affects many people. It can be caused by several different factors, including:

  • Gum recession: whenever gums recede, they expose the dentin, the sensitive part of the tooth. This causes sensitivity to cold and hot temperatures.
  • Enamel erosion: enamel is the protective hard layer outside your teeth. If it becomes eroded, it exposes the dentin lying underneath.
  • Tooth decay: cavities could lead to tooth sensitivity, especially near the gum line.
  • Grinding teeth: Teeth grinding could wear down the enamel, eventually leading to sensitivity.

How Can You Whiten Sensitive Teeth?

If you have sensitive teeth, a few options and guidelines are available to help you enjoy a glowing smile. The following are some of the few options to consider:

  1. Using toothpaste formulated for sensitive teeth before treatment: first, you want to look for toothpaste designed with ingredients that can help reduce sensitivity, such as strontium chloride and potassium nitrate. This can help prepare your teeth for the whitening procedure and minimize discomfort.
  2. Using a low-concentration whitening gel: Most at-home whitening kits usually feature a high-concentration gel that could easily result in tooth sensitivity. But options are available with lower concentrations that will be gentler on teeth. To minimize sensitivity, go for products with about 10% hydrogen peroxide concentration or less.
  3. Going for professional in-office teeth whitening: You should consider visiting a professional whitening service if you have severe sensitivity or want a quicker and more effective result. Your dentist may be able to use a more powerful whitening gel and will be better placed to take the necessary steps to minimize tooth sensitivity and protect your gums.
  4. Using desensitizing treatments: you could use a fluoride treatment or a desensitizing gel to deal with your tooth sensitivity before and after the teeth whitening procedure. This may be the best approach for whitening sensitive teeth.
  5. Avoiding foods and drinks that can increase teeth sensitivity: Certain foods and drinks like soda, citrus fruits, and coffee have been known to increase teeth sensitivity. Try avoiding these for a few days before and after the whitening procedure.

Should I Be Worried About Dentin Sensitivity Following Teeth Whitening?

Even after taking the precautions above, some people will still experience temporary sensitivity after the whitening treatment, especially in cold and hot temperatures. This is mainly because teeth whitening will temporarily open the enamel pores, allowing the whitening gel to penetrate deeper to break up and eliminate the stains. The result of this is that the dentin layer might become more sensitive when exposed.

However, this sensitivity is usually only temporary and mild. It should subside within the next few days. You could minimize the sensitivity by avoiding cold or hot foods and drinks, getting a fluoride treatment to strengthen the enamel, and using desensitizing toothpaste. In the most severe cases, your dentist might prescribe stronger desensitizing treatments.

Are There Other Considerations to Keep in Mind?

Before starting the teeth whitening procedure, you should always talk to your dentist to ensure it’s safe for you. Aside from sensitivity, there are a few more considerations you want to keep in mind.

  • Existing dental work

If you have existing dental work, like crowns or fillings, they won’t whiten along with the natural teeth. This could cause uneven discoloration or coloring. Your dentist may recommend updating or replacing the dental work to match the whitened teeth.

  • Breastfeeding and pregnancy

You should avoid teeth whitening if you’re breastfeeding or pregnant. While there isn’t concrete evidence to ascertain that teeth whitening harms a breastfeeding or pregnant woman, it’s best to be cautious and wait until you’ve stopped breastfeeding.

  • Medications

Some medications, like antibiotics, could cause teeth discoloration. In such cases, teeth whitening treatment may not be effective. It’s important to inform your dentist about any medications you might be taking before you start your whitening treatment.

Let J Street Dental Group Help you Get Your Dream Smile

Having sensitive teeth doesn’t mean you should give up on the idea of a whiter and brighter smile. The proper products and precautions can help whiten teeth safely without too much pain or discomfort. Consult with your dentist to establish the best course of action for your personal needs and ensure an effective and safe whitening treatment.

If you prefer to have a professional in-office session, book an appointment at J Street Dental Group. Our Sacramento, CA office welcomes you to a consultation with our experts to ensure you get an optimal smile.



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In connection with your application for work with us, we will collect, store, and use the following categories of personal information about you:

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