If you're one of the many people who have sensitive teeth, whitening your smile might seem like a daunting task. But don't worry – there are plenty of ways to get your teeth looking their brightest without risking pain or discomfort. We'll explore some of the best teeth whitening methods we have at Karl Hoffman Dentistry for sensitive teeth, so you can achieve the beautiful smile you've always wanted!
Professional whitening treatment
If you're looking for the most dramatic results, professional teeth whitening is the way to go. Our team of experts can brighten your smile up to eight shades in just one visit! We use a safe and effective hydrogen peroxide gel that's gentle on sensitive teeth. In addition, we often recommend a mild whitening treatment plan for sensitive teeth that includes custom-made trays and a lower concentration of hydrogen peroxide.
Home whitening kits
If you're looking for a more affordable option, home whitening kits can be a great choice. We offer several different types of home whitening kits, so you can find the one that's right for you. Our most popular kit is our custom take-home tray kit. This kit includes a set of custom-made trays and a tube of whitening gel that's gentle on sensitive teeth. In addition, there are solutions available for those with sensitive teeth, so you can get about the same results as a professional treatment without experiencing any discomfort.
If you're looking to brighten your smile gradually over time, we recommend whitening toothpaste. Whitening toothpaste works by gently removing surface stains from your teeth over time. We carry several different brands of whitening toothpaste, so you can find the one that's right for you. We also have toothpaste specifically designed for sensitive teeth, so you can get the whitening results you want without any pain or discomfort.
Porcelain or composite-resin veneers
Another option for sensitive teeth is porcelain or composite resin veneers. These thin, custom shells are bonded to the front of your existing teeth, so they cover stained or discolored areas. Veneers can also be used to close gaps between crooked or crowded teeth. We recommend this treatment plan for patients with severely damaged tooth enamel due to sensitivity caused by acid erosion from gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
Buffering the bleach
If you're using a home whitening kit, it's essential to buffer the bleach with a desensitizing agent like potassium nitrate. This will help reduce any sensitivity you experience while whitening your teeth. Be sure to follow the instructions that come with your kit for the best results.
If you're using a home whitening kit that includes hydrogen peroxide, it's important to buffer the bleach with baking soda. This will help to reduce the risk of sensitivity. Mix one teaspoon of baking soda with every four teaspoons of hydrogen peroxide and brush your teeth with this mixture twice daily.
Taking care of your whitened smile
Once you've achieved your desired level of whiteness, it's essential to take care of your smile so you can maintain those results. Here are a few tips for keeping your whitened teeth looking their best.
After treatment with a professional teeth whitening kit, you should avoid drinking anything too hot or cold for at least an hour to reduce the risk of sensitivity relapse. This includes coffee and other caffeinated drinks! In addition, we suggest brushing twice daily with sensitive teeth toothpaste to prevent any discomfort after eating highly acidic foods like oranges and grapefruits.
In conclusion, there are plenty of great options for teeth whitening if you have sensitive teeth. Of course, we highly recommend professional whitening treatment as the most effective and dramatic way to achieve brighter teeth. Still, we also offer several other affordable and gentle options, including home whitening kits, toothpaste, and veneers. So don't let sensitive teeth hold you back from achieving the beautiful smile you've always wanted – talk to our team at Karl Hoffman Dentistry via 360-539-3429, and we will gladly help.