3 Reasons to Consider Sensitive Teeth Whitening

Tuesday, May 9, 2017
3 Reasons to Consider Sensitive Teeth Whitening

Sensitive teeth whitening might be a necessity for patients with these dental conditions!

Teeth whitening is one of the best ways to improve the appearance of your smile with minimal effort. Teeth whitening is usually fast and easy, and the payoff of having a bright and shiny smile is immediately obvious. In fact, a good teeth whitening program with your dentist can lighten and brighten your smile by several shades in just one session!

But teeth whitening isn’t for everyone. Some people aren’t able to pursue the typical methods of teeth whitening because health problems or other complications prevent them from doing so. If you’re thinking about getting your teeth whitened but you aren’t sure if it’s right for you, stick with us. We’ll go over a few of the common reasons that some patients can’t pursue standard teeth whitening and suggest your next step if these situations do apply to you.

3 Reasons To Consider Sensitive Teeth Whitening

Standard teeth whitening techniques aren’t necessary or even appropriate for everyone. Here are a few of the reasons you might choose to find sensitive teeth whitening instead.

  • sensitive teeth whiteningGingivitis: If you have gingivitis or a similar gum disease, you might want to consider sensitive teeth whitening. Gum diseases are one of the more common dental ailments, and unfortunately, they can make it difficult to use the normal teeth whitening techniques. Gingivitis and other gum diseases involve an infection that make the gums puffy, sensitive, and sore. Using conventional teeth whitening techniques on gums in this state can not only be uncomfortable, but can damage the gums.
  • Receding Gums: Receding gums are another gum problem that can be exacerbated by conventional teeth whitening. The problem can be caused by gum disease, but has also been linked to diet and other factors. Receding gums are characterized by gums that are shrinking up over the teeth, exposing the roots and sometimes the jaw. This condition means that parts of your teeth are neither protected by protective enamel nor insulated by gums, which makes them vulnerable to damage. Traditional teeth whitening techniques can be one of the factors that leads to teeth damage in cases with receding gums. If your gums are receding, you might consider sensitive teeth whitening instead.
  • Cracked Teeth: Cracked teeth are often the painful results of accidents. If your teeth are cracked, it means that the protective enamel has been damaged and the inside of the tooth is subject to chemicals and forces that could lead to damage. If you have a cracked tooth or teeth, we recommend getting it repaired or replaced (depending on the severity) before you consider teeth whitening. While sensitive teeth whitening might be an option for patients with less severe cracked teeth problems, cracked teeth are usually enough of an issue that we don’t recommend any kind of teeth whitening program until they are repaired or replaced.

If you’re interested in getting your teeth whitening but you aren’t certain where to start with conventional or sensitive teeth whitening, be sure to give us a call. Penn Dental Family Practice has several experienced cosmetic dentists on staff that can help you find the teeth whitening solution that is right for you. Want to learn more about teeth whitening? Check out this video about 4 facts to consider when you are thinking about sensitive teeth whitening!