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Whitening Options for Sensitive Teeth

Whitening Options for Sensitive TeethWhen it comes to achieving the smile that you have always wanted, white teeth are definitely part of that picture. Teeth whitening treatments can be done either at home or with a professional. If you have sensitive teeth, though, it may be best to go to a professional.
 

Teeth whitening treatments usually have peroxide as their active ingredient. Peroxide works to break up the intrinsic and extrinsic stains that cause our enamel to become discolored. In the process, though, the peroxide causes our teeth to become temporarily dehydrated. This side effect is experienced by anyone who undergoes a teeth whitening treatment, and in some people this causes sensitivity. For people who already have sensitive teeth, extra precautions may need to be taken.

Some whitening options have a built in protection against dehydration. These can usually only be found if you go to the dentist for a professional whitening. There are also a few different techniques that can be used to decrease the sensitivity that you experience. Taking ibuprofen before the procedure can help to minimize your level of sensitivity. Many dentists also have patients with sensitive teeth wear trays containing fluoride in them prior to applying the bleaching gel.

If you still plan on whitening at home, try using a whitening product that has a lower concentration of peroxide in it. There are desensitizing toothpastes available at the store and this may provide you with some additional relief. Also, try staying away from citrus and acidic foods.

If you have sensitive teeth and would like to learn more about your options for whitening them, contact our expert in teeth whitening in San Fernando Valley to schedule a consultation.

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