“I have sensitive teeth,” Sean said. “To the point where I have to be careful about what I eat and drink – when its too hot or cold, it’s instant pain. I’ve got special toothpaste for sensitive teeth. My teeth are getting kind of yellow, and I’m wondering, can people with sensitive teeth have tooth whitening?”
If you have sensitive teeth and you want a whiter smile, your best route to success lies with visiting your Quincy dentist. Over the Counter tooth whitening products are often peroxide based, and can make your teeth even more sensitive than they initially were. There are tests a dentist can do that determine what type of whitening product is appropriate for your teeth. At the same time, there are numbing and calming medications your Quincy dentist can provide to make the actual whitening treatment pain and stress free.
Communication is key here. As the person with sensitive teeth, you want to be sure your Quincy dentist knows right away. Individual treatment plans are developed for each patient to ensure they have a satisfying, comfortable experience. For people with sensitive teeth, this can include pre-treatment consultation, sedation dentistry, and clear after care instructions that make it easy to fully enjoy your new white smile.
Be aware that food and lifestyle choices impact how often you need to have your teeth cleaned. Coffee, tea, and red wine can all stain the teeth; dark berries and some prescription medications can do the same. Smoking and chewing tobacco will do more than stain your teeth – ask any member of our staff if you need information on local help that’s available for people who want to quit. Avoiding staining foods and smoking will help your smile stay white, as will regular brushing with toothpaste formulated for sensitive teeth.
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