How to Safely and Painlessly Whiten Sensitive Teeth

Maintaining healthy, white teeth increases your confidence and makes you more likely to smile. The rise of available teeth whitening products—both at-home and through a dentist—have made protecting your teeth from the staining effects of foods and beverages easier. Unfortunately, teeth whitening for sensitive teeth, especially using at-home products, can be painful.

Teeth whitening products contain one of two bleaching ingredients, either hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. These ingredients can come into contact with your gums, especially when using at-home treatments, and can cause irritation and discomfort. These bleaching ingredients can go through the tooth enamel and irritate the dentin layer causing pain. This can be especially painful for people with sensitive teeth.

Since at-home whitening products use lower concentrations of bleaching agents, the results aren’t as dramatic and don’t last as long as treatments by dentists. People then use whitening products more frequently, which can increase their risk of irritating their teeth and gums.

Even though over-the-counter whitening products are safe when used as directed, the overuse of these products can damage tooth enamel or gums. This can increase the risk of discomfort, especially in individuals with teeth sensitivities.

Benefits of In-Office Teeth Whitening For Sensitive Teeth

In-office whitening procedures are safer since a qualified dentist performs them. The dentist can evaluate the health of your gums and teeth beforehand to make sure that whitening products will be effective for you. While whitening treatments remove stains, discoloration due to past mouth injuries, fillings, and crowns will not benefit from whitening treatments.

During an in-office whitening procedure, the dentist will be able to protect your gums to help minimize discomfort. You also can discuss any particularly sensitive teeth you have.

In-office treatments are more effective and last longer than at-home treatments since in-office treatments use more powerful whiteners than over-the-counter products. Even though the whiteners are stronger, since the treatments aren’t applied as often as at-home procedures, it decreases the potential for teeth sensitivity.

Depending on the in-office treatment program used, your teeth can get three to eight shades lighter in one office visit. The results tend to last longer since in-office treatments clean deeper than at-home products.

In-office treatments produce results fast. Many in-office treatments take only one or two office visits to reach the maximum whitening potential. This is quicker than in-home products that can take several weeks or more before seeing noticeable results.

Benefits of the EZ White Pro In-Office Whitening System

One popular in-office whitening system is the EZ White Pro. This professional whitening system can whiten teeth up to eight shades lighter in one 30-minute office visit.

The EZ White Pro system effectively whitens teeth with minimal to no discomfort due to light-activated technology that rapidly whitens teeth. It’s a good option for safely and painlessly whitening sensitive teeth.

EZ White Pro’s whitening gel uses FDA approved ingredients to help whiten teeth effectively and safely.

The results from the EZ White Pro system are long-lasting as it provides a deeper clean than at-home products in less time.

EZ White Pro In-Office Whitening System Procedure

Before starting the EZ White Pro system, your dental hygienist will clean your gums and teeth. This cleaning will remove any unwanted food particles or bacteria that might interfere with the whitening procedure.

Your dentist will then apply a barrier gel where your teeth meet your gums. This gel will help ensure your gums or any sensitive teeth don’t become irritated, making this an excellent procedure for teeth whitening for sensitive teeth.

Next, the EZ White Pro whitening gel is applied to the surface of all teeth. Then a dental curing light, the same safe light used on fillings, is applied to each tooth. The whitening gel changes color when a sufficient amount of light has been used. This color change ensures the dentist spends the appropriate amount of time on each tooth.

After all teeth have been treated, the whitening and barrier gels are removed.

The whole whitening process takes 30 minutes or less.

Maintaining Your White Teeth After In-Office Whitening Treatment

While in-office whitening treatments last longer than at-home treatments, there are things you can do to keep your bright white smile even longer.

  • Brush and floss daily.
  • Brush or rinse your mouth after drinking or eating foods that stain teeth like coffee, tea, wine, or tomato-based products.
  • Avoid using tobacco products, including smoking cigarettes.
  • Eat foods that protect your teeth like apples, celery, and yogurt.
  • Talk with your dentist about kinds of toothpastes or other products that can help maintain your white teeth after your in-office treatment.

Even Sensitive Teeth Can Be Bright and White

While good oral hygiene is the first step to a healthy, white smile, it’s not always enough to keep teeth at their whitest.

The EZ White Pro whitening system is an efficient, powerful, and safe system for keeping teeth white and healthy—even sensitive teeth.

To see how the EZ White Pro whitening system can help keep your sensitive teeth white, contact our office and our friendly team will be happy to answer your questions and schedule an appointment.