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Teeth Whitening for Sensitive Teeth: What to Know

Submitted by Dr. Samir Ayoub on April 2, 2020 - 9:00 am
Teeth Whitening for Sensitive Teeth

Teeth whitening for sensitive teeth is something best left to professionals. While over-the-counter teeth whitening kits are becoming ever more popular, you’ll want to turn to a professional if you suffer from sensitive teeth. Unlike over-the-counter kits, a professional dentist can provide desensitizing agents, control the amount of bleaching gel and monitor your treatment progress to reduce sensitivity.

If you suffer from sensitive teeth and are looking for a teeth whitening service, Dr. Ayoub of San Francisco Aesthetic Dentistry has the experience, skills and state-of-the-art technology to help.

How Does Teeth Whitening Work?

In-office teeth whitening is a cosmetic procedure designed to increase the brightness of your smile. Your dentist accomplishes this by applying a special bleaching solution to the surface of your teeth — typically a carbamide peroxide whitening gel.

Your dentist will clean and polish your teeth before beginning the whitening procedure. Once your teeth are cleaned, your dentist will use a mix of gauze and mechanical retractors to limit the exposure of the whitening gel to just your teeth.

Once applied, the gel is cured using a special light or laser and left to work for anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour. Your dentist will monitor your teeth carefully during this period.

What About Sensitive Teeth?

In most cases, tooth sensitivity is the result of either worn-down enamel or exposed root surfaces. In both instances, teeth whitening should only be performed in-office by a certified professional.

Dentists have the capability to apply desensitizing agents to your teeth before the teeth whitening procedure. These agents make it possible for anyone with sensitive teeth to enjoy the rewards of a professional in-office teeth whitening procedure without fear of pain or discomfort.

Likewise, dentists are able to monitor the progress of your treatment and adjust the amount of bleaching gel accordingly. In-office teeth whitening uses a bleaching gel that is significantly stronger than the gels found in over-the-counter kits. Your dentist will keep an eye on the whitening progress to ensure you get your desired result.

Questions? Contact Our Office Today!

If you suffer from sensitive teeth, it’s best to opt for a professional teeth whitening service. The professional touch of a dentist will help ensure that the teeth whitening procedure goes as smoothly as possible.

With more than four decades of experience providing professional dental cosmetic solutions, Dr. Ayoub has the knowledge and skill to help you achieve the smile of your dreams. Please contact our San Francisco office to schedule a consultation.