Most of us imagine that our smile looks dazzling and white. Sometimes, this simply isn’t the case. If you have noticed that your teeth are no longer brilliant and beautiful, you may feel less confident when you smile. You may notice that you keep your lips tightly closed around your teeth in order to hide them when you do smile. This is no way to go through life. It does nothing for your self-esteem, and it could actually tarnish the image that you wish to present to the world. If you are vibrant, energetic, friendly, sincere, and motivated, you want others to see you as such. Guess what. When you have a beautiful smile, this is the image you project. So let’s get you there!
Teeth whitening has been around for a long time. For so long, in fact, that it seems possible to easily lighten stains at home without the help of your dentist. If you have tried commercial products, you have probably felt the disappointment of limited results. At the same time, you may have also experienced one of the primary side effects of the whitening process: sensitivity. If this side effect felt uncomfortable, you may avoid getting the professional care that you really need to enhance the beauty of your smile.
What’s Happening in Teeth?
Sensitivity is not a problem that occurs because something is “wrong” with the whitening process or with your teeth. It’s really a natural development that stems from blood flow. That’s right! When teeth absorb the mild peroxide solution used to whiten them, more blood circulates through the innermost chamber of each tooth. This results in greater pressure around the nerve, which enhances responsiveness. More responsive nerves in teeth means more sensitivity.
To decrease sensitivity during professional teeth whitening, consider the following tips:
- Whiten your teeth at home with a professional grade process. We make custom-fit trays that keeps peroxide where it belongs. The concentration of the whitening gel is stronger than commercial products, which is why you can lift 8 or more shades of brilliance. When you whiten at home, you can tailor your schedule around sensitivity, choosing to whiten every other day, for instance, instead of every day.
- Use special toothpaste while you whiten, such as a sensitive teeth formula, or use an oral rinse formulated with minerals that build strong enamel.
When you choose O’Brien Dental Care, you choose to receive assistance from friendly dental professionals who care about comfort and optimal results. Contact us for more information about teeth whitening.