If you have sensitive teeth then teeth whitening is not necessarily out of the question. There are still many different options for ensuring that you have the brightest possible smile.
What makes teeth lose their brightness?
If your teeth aren’t as white as they used to be then there could be any number of reasons for this. It’s enamel that makes teeth white and if that is stained by foods, such as coffee or red wine, than it can start to look rather off-white. If the enamel is eroded then what starts to show through is the dentin underneath, which has a naturally yellow colour.
What are the teeth whitening options for sensitive teeth?
- Regular check ups and cleans – visit your dentist and hygienist regularly to get your teeth deep cleaned and you could see a difference in the colour just from sticking to an oral care schedule.
- Whitening toothpaste – there are many different toothpastes on the market now that have ingredients for tooth whitening in them. These have all sorts of benefits, from removing existing stains to providing protection against future surface stains. Many brands have combined teeth whitening qualities with toothpaste specifically designed for sensitive teeth so you don’t have to choose between one and the other.
- At home whitening kits – tooth whitening is very popular and, as a result, there are now many options for whitening your own teeth at home. However, it’s important to be careful when using these kits, as some can end up damaging teeth in the long run. If you already have sensitive teeth then the dehydration that can be the result of the strong chemicals in a home teeth whitening gel could make the sensitivity worse. So, choose your kit carefully if you want to do teeth whitening at home and try to find one that is designed for sensitive teeth.
- Teeth whitening with the dentist – if you have problems with tooth sensitivity then getting your teeth whitened via cosmetic dentistry is often the best choice. Your dentist will be able to talk you through the process and monitor the state of your teeth, before and during the tooth whitening. Tooth whitening at the dentist also has the advantage of longevity – it can last up to three years and may produce better results than a home whitening kit with less intensive whitening agents.