Sensitivity after Teeth Whitening
By J. Brent Gorrell on October 19, 2011
If you have stains on your teeth, you know just how much that can affect the overall appearance of your smile. It’s for that reason that many people come to visit with Mountain View cosmetic dentist Dr. J. Brent Gorrell. His expertise and knowledge of dental care techniques and treatments allows him to provide expert care that will meet your aesthetic needs as well as you general dental care needs.
Causes of Dental Stains and Tooth Discoloration
There are many common causes of dental stains and tooth discoloration. The most well known ones are tobacco products. Indeed, smoking cigars and cigarettes or using chewing tobacco will leave your teeth looking yellow and dingy. It’s just another reason to quit.
Foods and beverages can also cause tooth discoloration over time. This is especially true of coffee, tea, red wine, colas, curries, blueberries, and beets. It should also be noted that some medications can cause teeth to change color as well, which is why it’s important to consult with your doctor about any potential side effects of medications you may be taking.
About Teeth Whitening Treatment
In order to get the bright and white smile that you’ve always wanted, it’s important to consider getting teeth whitening from a trained professional. Professional tooth whitening at a dentist’s office is safe and effective, providing results much better that over-the-counter whitening treatments. In general, a single teeth whitening treatment only takes an hour total in the office, and your smile can be brightened by several shades.
Tooth Sensitivity After Teeth Whitening Treatment
One thing that patients notice after professional teeth whitening is tooth sensitivity. This is normal, and it can actually happen when undergoing professional whitening or using and at-home whitening kit. The cause of this is has to do with the bleaching agent reacting with the teeth. Each tooth has microscopic holes called dental tubules. These extend from the nerve center of the tooth to the surface. Bleaching gel dissolves the plugs to these dental tubules temporarily, hence causing tooth sensitivity for a little bit after treatment.
Ways of Preventing Tooth Sensitivity After Teeth Whitening
We want to make your visit as comfortable and positive as possible at our Mountain View cosmetic dentistry practice, so there are a few things we can do for you. After your teeth whitening treatment, we can place a tooth desensitizer on your teeth to help mitigate sensitivity. This is quite helpful for many patients.
For the next day or two after your teeth whitening treatment, be sure to avoid foods and beverages that are too hot or too cold. When brushing your teeth, be gentle and gargle with lukewarm water. These are just some basic steps that will help ease any sensitivity that you may experience.
Alternatives to Teeth Whitening to Consider
If you have stains that are too serious for teeth whitening, there are other options out there. Mountain View porcelain veneers, for instance, may be ideal if you have extremely deep or serious stains that need to be addressed.
Learn More About Your Options for Smile Enhancement
For more information about teeth whitening treatment and what you can do in order to reduce sensitivity and discomfort, be sure to contact our Mountain View cosmetic dentistry practice today. We look forward to meeting you in person here at the practice.
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