Teeth Whitening for Sensitive Teeth: Understanding Your Options

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You’re not stuck with the stains on your teeth. Today, people have a wide range of teeth whitening options. Whitening does come with one notable drawback, though: The bleaching solution causes tooth sensitivity in some people. 

If you’ve experienced discomfort with teeth whitening, including at-home whitening kits, talk to Dr. Scott Evans in Dallas, Texas. As a teeth whitening specialist, he can personalize a treatment for you to brighten your smile and keep your sensitivity as minimal as possible.

Why teeth whitening causes sensitivity

Most whitening treatments employ either carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide to break up stains and lift them from your teeth. The problem is that some people are sensitive to peroxide. 

If you’re one of those people, your teeth might feel achy during treatment. You might also notice that eating or drinking hot or cold foods and beverages afterward bothers you. 

Here’s the good news: Tooth sensitivity caused by peroxide doesn’t last. Most people report that any sensitivity they felt after professional tooth whitening has gone away by the fourth day after treatment. 

Still, you don’t want to go through an uncomfortable process to get a whiter smile. And that’s where Dr. Evans comes in. 

Getting brighter teeth the comfortable way 

If you choose over-the-counter whitening kits, you don’t have any control over how much whitening agent gets on your teeth — and sometimes your gums, which can cause additional sensitivity. But there’s a better way to ensure you get the brightest smile possible without having to suffer through discomfort. 

Dr. Evans tailors your whitening treatment to you and your sensitivity level. If you want take-home teeth whitening with professional-strength products to get a brilliant smile, he can create a kit for you with custom-molded whitening trays that uses less bleaching agent to reduce sensitivity. 

Our take-home whitening helps minimize your risk of discomfort during treatment. If you still experience sensitivity, talk with our team so we can adjust your whitening solution further. 

If you have tooth sensitivity, though, we have another option that gives you fewer days of discomfort. Rather than at-home whitening, which requires daily treatments for a week or longer, we recommend in-office whitening. 

With our in-office procedure, you can dramatically brighten your smile in just one hour, and Dr. Evans can adjust your whitening solution to accommodate your sensitivity level. Even if you experience some sensitivity during or after treatment, you only have to wait out that discomfort once.

Don’t let your sensitive teeth keep you from the dazzling smile you want. To work with a team that tailors your teeth whitening treatment to keep you as comfortable as possible, call our office at 214-337-5202 today.

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