Many people want to go for teeth whitening procedures, to enhance the beauty of their smile. There are many over-the-counter teeth whitening products available in the market. Now, as many people know, these products cause tooth sensitivity and pain in some people. Normally the pain goes away in a few days. Some people don’t even experience pain, but rather sensitivity. Tooth sensitivity means feeling discomfort in some teeth, which is caused by cold, hot, sour or sweet drinks or foods. It can even by caused by breathing-in cold air. This sensitivity causes a sharp and sudden pain that goes into the nerve endings of your teeth.

You should consider the sensitivity of your teeth before going for any teeth whitening or bleaching method. Your teeth can become temporarily sensitive due to brushing too hard. Do not go for  teeth bleaching  while your teeth are sensitive, because the enamel is faded, and the dentin is vulnerable.

If your gums are receding, the root’s surface will be exposed, then good dentists will advice you against the teeth whitening procedures. If you ignore it, and still go for the procedure, you will experience pain.

Gum Recession

If you have a filling to be done, or you have a cracked or chipped tooth, or any other tooth or  gum diseases , it’s important that you undergo the required treatment first, before going for teeth whitening.

Cracked Tooth

You should consider your age before you opt for teeth whitening. Your age might be a cause for teeth sensitivity. Generally teeth sensitivity is highest between the age group 25 to 30. You should consult your dentist before going for teeth whitening, as he or she will be able to guide you better.

If you have made up your mind to whiten your sensitive teeth, you have 3 options of teeth whitening in front of you.

1. The first one, which is also the most trusted, is the in-office tooth bleaching, also called power bleaching. In this, the dentist guards your gums by putting a coating of protective gel, or a rubber screen on the gums. Then he puts the whitening gel on your teeth. Generally the concentration of this gel is about 15% - 35%, but in case of sensitive teeth, the concentration is only 10%.After this, a special kind of light is shone on the teeth. This process generally takes about 1 hour. This generally gets completed in a single visit. This treatment will cost you somewhere around $300 to $1000.

In-office Power Bleaching

2. The second whitening technique is the dentist-administered treatment. You need to visit the dentist once, for this treatment, and your dentist will guide you what to do. The rest of the process can be completed at your home. In the first visit, he will take an impression of your teeth, and make a tray for your teeth. He will then give you a whitening solution and make you a schedule for wearing the tray. It can be worn overnight for a couple of weeks. This treatment will cost you somewhere around $200 to $600.

 

Bleaching Trays Prepared From Cast                Tray Loaded with Material

3. The third method is buying over-the-counter teeth whitening kits. These kits consist of gels, strips, pastes etc.

No matter which method you select for whitening your teeth, it’s important you get your dentist’s opinion first, for a safe teeth whitening, especially for sensitive teeth.

 

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