When Teeth Whitening is a Sensitive Matter

teeth whiteningThe color of your teeth is an important factor in your overall feelings of confidence and satisfaction with your appearance. Dullness, discoloration, and small or large stains all detract from the vibrant smile you may wish to present. Knowing that the appearance of your teeth is also a representation of your personality and character traits, you may find that discoloration keeps you from wanting to share – your smile, that is.

Teeth whitening treatment is a simple, affordable way to get the smile you crave. Whether the process is completed in the dental office or in the comfort of your own home, it is possible to lift several shades of dullness from enamel. Ultimately, you can get your teeth whiter than they are naturally. If you are like many of our patients, you may want the results that come from teeth whitening, but feel apprehensive about the sensitivity you may encounter along the way.

Sensitivity and Teeth Whitening
Not everyone experiences uncomfortable sensitivity on their path to a brilliant smile. This side-effect ranges in severity from one person to another. Some may not have any sensitivity at all, whereas there are some people whose teeth get sensitive even when they try to whiten with commercial solutions. This issue occurs for a few key reasons. First, as mild as it is, the peroxide solution must break down a protective layer of proteins that covers enamel. That alone can create sensitivity. Then, peroxide penetrates the tiny pores on the outer layer of teeth. This brings increased blood flow into the core areas, which heightens nerve responses. Lastly, the gentle bleach solution may cause a bit of dehydration in teeth.

What to do about Sensitivity
Does tooth sensitivity mean you can’t get the dazzling smile you want? No. In the worst case scenario, if sensitivity was so extreme that whitening would not be an appropriate method of making over the smile, porcelain veneers may be the ideal way to get the job done. That being said, most people can mitigate the side effects of teeth whitening in a few simple steps.

  • Throughout the whitening process, brush teeth with a sensitive-teeth toothpaste, or one that adds minerals back to enamel.
  • Reduce the acidity of the mouth by rinsing with water or a pH balancing mouthwash, especially after whitening treatments or after consuming acidic substances, like coffee.

Patients of Dr. Marshall receive one on one care through which their concerns are addressed in a friendly, professional manner. To schedule your visit, call (610) 649-0696.

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