Can I Whiten With Sensitive Teeth? | Dr. Alex Midtown NYC Cosmetic Dentist

Can I Whiten With Sensitive Teeth?

Tooth sensitivity affects many people who choose to whiten their teeth. For most, the sensation is mild and will subside fast. For others, it can be more intense and even last for days. Teeth whitening for those with sensitive teeth may seem to be impossible, but there are proper solutions. If you find that your teeth are too sensitive to whiten, your dentist can help you with it. Read on to learn more about whether you can whiten sensitive teeth!

Why Whitening Products Can Increase Tooth Sensitivity

All teeth whitening products contain amounts of carbamide peroxide and hydrogen peroxide. The amount varies between professional and at-home treatments. However, any amount can result in irritation and also lasting or temporary tooth sensitivity. When the peroxide goes into the tooth enamel, the softer dentin where the nerve is found can be irritated easily. As whitening gel becomes inactive, the pores in the teeth are left exposed, resulting in tooth dehydration. The tooth will still be sensitive until the pressure is relieved, which happens with saliva production over many hours.

Professional Whitening Treatment

Professional whitening treatments can be done by a dentist. This is the ideal option for those with sensitive teeth. Although professional whitening will cost more than at-home treatments, a trained professional is there to monitor the process to make sure that your teeth are kept safe during the treatment. Gels and desensitizers can help to prevent sensitivity while you are whitening your teeth. Professional whitening is also the most effective way to remove the deep stains and the effects will last longer than any DIY treatment. If you are in doubt about whether you can do whitening for your sensitive teeth, speak to your dentist to find out more.

Porcelain Veneers

Teeth that are severely damaged or stained will not have a good reaction to whitening treatments. If this is so, your dentist may recommend you to get porcelain veneers. Your dentist will inform you about the porcelain veneer process and what you can expect for the treatment. 

DIY Whitening for Sensitive Teeth

Teeth whitening treatments that can be done at home are an affordable option to brighten up a dull smile. However, many of these options can irritate sensitive gums and teeth, especially if they are not used as instructed. When selecting a DIY treatment, you have many different options, including whitening toothpaste, rinses, gels, strips, and over-the-counter whitening trays. Make sure to read the directions and labels for sensitivity warnings. There are many whitening products available that are created to work for those with sensitive teeth.

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