If you have sensitive teeth, you know that you have to take special precautions to stay on top of your oral hygiene. These additional safeguards are enacted in order to avoid the pain that is associated with having sensitive teeth. These precautions for taking care of sensitive teeth usually include using special desensitizing kinds of toothpaste, brushing techniques and avoiding hot, cold or highly acidic/sugary foods. These specific demands also apply when it comes to getting a professional teeth whitening. But how exactly is it different and how do dentists avoid causing pain during the treatment?
Let’s take a closer look at the specifics of teeth whitening for sensitive teeth.
Nowadays, at-home teeth whitening treatments are all the rage. However, if you have sensitive teeth you are going to want to avoid these products completely. This is because the peroxide that is used in these do-it-yourself teeth whitening kits is not specifically adjusted for your weakened, sensitive teeth. These kits could easily do extra damage if used without supervision. Your best bet for the safest and effective whitening procedure would be to opt in for a professional whitening at your dentist’s office since they will specifically design buffers and gels to protect your teeth from the potentially damaging bleaching agents.
Two common whitening treatments for sensitive teeth are laser teeth whitening and/or fluoride treatments after the actual whitening.
Laser teeth whitening is a popular treatment that can produce a bright, white smile in less than an hour. Sometimes results can be seen in as little as 20 minutes! This is because a higher concentration of peroxide is used in laser teeth whitening procedures in comparison to standard whitenings. A laser is then used on the teeth to speed up the peroxide’s whitening effect. Special precautions are used before and after the procedure to protect the teeth and gums from the peroxide. One of these precautions includes the use of a fluoride treatment after the whitening procedure in order to protect your teeth’s enamel and to minimize any resulting sensitivity.