Charlottesville VA patients ask, “what is the best whitening for sensitive teeth?”
First impressions matter, whether you are meeting an important client, going on a date, or simply hoping to make new friends. You can take great care with clothing, cosmetics, hairstyle, and jewelry – but the most important accessory you need to wear is a brilliant smile. However, that can be challenging for people with sensitive teeth.
There are many teeth whitening options available to residents of Charlottesville, Richmond, and other VA communities. Here at Richmond Family Dentistry, we offer gentle, effective, and healthy solutions so that you can enjoy a dazzling smile in comfort.
Gentle teeth whitening
Despite the solid appearance of tooth enamel, it is actually porous. That is why staining agents, such as the red color in wine, are able to penetrate enamel. Those same pores absorb teeth bleaching gel, which breaks up deep down stains. The procedure is not harmful, but it can cause temporary tooth sensitivity in some people.
Dr. Hart offers gentle, gradual at-home whitening treatment, which is adjusted to reduce or eliminate sensitivity. She will create customized trays, and provide you with professional bleaching gel as well as complete instructions.
Other causes of sensitivity
Before recommending a whitening treatment, Dr. Hart will perform an examination to determine the cause of your tooth sensitivity. In some cases, it is more than just a reaction to bleaching gels. Sensitive teeth can be a sign of underlying oral health problems, which need to be corrected. Some of the most common causes include:
- Worn or eroded enamel
- Deep decay
- Chips or fractures
- Exposed tooth root, due to gum recession
- Worn down or broken tooth
- Infection of dental pulp inside the tooth