If you’re interested in teeth whitening in Livermore from Kitty Hawk Dental Care, you may have some questions, particularly related to tooth sensitivity. Is it true that teeth whitening can cause sensitivity? What causes it? Can you get your teeth whitened if you have sensitive teeth?
In this blog, we’ll take a look at the answers to all of these questions, and give you all the information you need about teeth whitening and sensitivity. Read on and learn with us.
First, let’s answer the primary question. Yes, teeth whitening is known to cause minor tooth sensitivity in most people. However, this usually does not cause much discomfort, and begins to fade within a few days of completing your treatment.
Dentists are still not entirely sure why teeth become sensitive during whitening. But the most common theory is that teeth whitening products like hydrogen peroxide and carbamide peroxide weaken the outer layer of enamel slightly. This, in turn, exposes “dentinal microtubules.”
These are small structures that connect the outside of the tooth to the interior nerves. Since the outer layers of your teeth don’t have nerves, these microtubules are responsible for transmitting sensations to the nerve inside your tooth.
Then, after your whitening treatment is over, your teeth will naturally become stronger as you continue to brush and floss with fluoride toothpaste, eliminating sensitivity.
Yes! If your teeth are naturally sensitive, you can still have your teeth whitened at Kitty Hawk Dental. However, Dr. King may need to adjust your treatment to use lower-strength whiteners, or to whiten your teeth over multiple appointments. This will help you whiten your teeth with less discomfort.
If your teeth feel sensitive during or after your whitening treatment at Kitty Hawk Dental, here are a few steps you can take to deal with sensitivity.
Teeth whitening is fast, affordable, and a great way to restore your smile. And while sensitivity may be an issue for some patients, there are plenty of steps you can take to stay comfortable and reduce sensitivity during the teeth whitening process. To learn more or get started with teeth whitening in Livermore, contact Kitty Hawk Dental Care online or give us a call at (925) 371-8880 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Kimberly King.