Tips For Dealing With Sensitivity After Teeth Whitening Treatments

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After whitening treatments, sometimes teeth can be sensitive. Your dentist can help you prevent this buy the use of special desensitizers before you start whitening. On the other hand, if this occurs you have different options to reduce discomfort.

1.Use a de-sensitizing toothpaste like Sensodyne, Enamelon, or prescription MI Paste available from your dentist.

2. Chew gum for short periods of time. Gum chewing stimulates saliva flow. Saliva contains minerals that help to desensitize the teeth. The more saliva the less sensitive your teeth become. Try not to overdo it since too much gum chewing can cause muscle pain, or even crack teeth.

3. Avoid whitening until the sensitivity settles down. This allows your teeth to return to normal before you whiten again. Too much whitening can lead to longer lasting tooth pain.

Teeth Whitening: Frequently Asked Questions

Is teeth whitening bad for your teeth?

Most whitening will not damage your teeth, however, when done in excess, then the teeth can become so sensitive that a root canal becomes necessary. Everything in moderation is great to remember when whitening.

What do dentists use to whiten teeth?

Whitening agents are mostly combinations of peroxide in different strengths. The peroxide produces oxygen bubbles that act on stains to remove or reduce their visibility.

How long does it take to whiten teeth?

Some teeth can be whitened in a day, and some take as long at 1-2 months for stubborn or chemically induced stains.

Is it better to whiten teeth at dentist?

Dentists can make the process of whitening faster, less expensive compared to slower over the counter whiteners which can take a long time, and most importantly can prevent or reduce tooth sensitivity, which can be very uncomfortable if whitening is not done correctly.

Why are my teeth yellow when I brush them every day?

The yellow color is not from surface colors, but for the material inside your tooth. Your tooth is covered with an opaque white enamel, which is the source of the white tooth color. Then the enamel is thin, or when the inner layer of dentin is very dark, the teeth can be yellow looking even though you do a great job of brushing. These types of stains may need a dentist’s help to eliminate or reduce.

What is the best whitener for your teeth?

Thee best whitener is the one that works for you and gives you the color you want. There are different styles and costs for whitening which can be effective, ranging from over the counter products, to custom trays made by your dentist, to in office treatments for the darkest stained teeth. Consult your dentist for the full range of options.

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