Key Facts for those with Sensitive Teeth

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Criteria for Teeth Whitening Products for Sensitive Teeth

Essentially there are 4 factors that can heighten sensitivity, the concentration of hydrogen peroxide (or carbamide peroxide), application times, abrasive formulas, and formulas that do not include desensitising agents.

Low Peroxide Concentration:

Products with lower concentrations of hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide are less likely to cause sensitivity.

Desensitising Agents:

Look for products that contain desensitising agents like potassium nitrate or fluoride, which can help minimise sensitivity.

Products specifically formulated for sensitive teeth are designed to be gentler on enamel and less likely to irritate.

Shorter Application Times:

Whitening treatments with shorter application times reduce the exposure of teeth to whitening agents, helping to limit sensitivity.

Non-Abrasive Whitening:

Avoid abrasive whitening products, such as some whitening toothpaste, which can wear down enamel and increase sensitivity.

The Zoom teeth whitening system for Sensitive Teeth

The Zoom system includes desensitising agents to help manage and reduce sensitivity, which can be a concern with teeth whitening treatments. This feature helps ensure a comfortable experience without compromising the enamel. The concentration of the Hydrogen Peroxide: The in-clinic Philips Zoom treatments typically use a concentration of hydrogen peroxide, of 6%. Our clinic team can assist with further information and advice in regards to this. However, this is a relatively low concentration and as such can provide significant advantages.

Questions to Ask Your Dentist

  1. Am I a Good Candidate for Teeth Whitening?
    • Discuss your dental history and sensitivity issues to determine if whitening is appropriate for you. At whites dental we assess each case individually.
  2. What Type of Whitening Do You Recommend for Sensitive Teeth?
    • Ask about specific products or treatments they recommend for sensitive teeth. At Whites Dental we provide instant Zoom whitening for those with teeth sensitivity.
  3. What Are the Potential Risks and Side Effects?
    • Understand the risks involved, particularly regarding increased sensitivity or damage to enamel. Additionally there are instances where teeth whitening cannot be administered due to conditions such as gum disease, will only work on natural teeth, therefore not effective for those with veneers or composite bonding, in addition it is not recommended for those with calcifications on teeth. Find out more at Is teeth whitening bad for your teeth.
  4. How Long Will the Results Last?
    • Discuss the longevity of the results and any maintenance treatments needed. Professional teeth whitening should last many years, more information can be found at How long does teeth whitening last?
  5. Are There Pre-Treatment Steps to Minimise Sensitivity?
    • Inquire about steps you can take before the whitening treatment to reduce sensitivity, such as using desensitising toothpaste.
  6. What Post-Treatment Care Is Needed?
    • Learn about post-treatment care to maintain results and minimise sensitivity, such as avoiding certain foods and drinks.
  7. How Does This Treatment Compare to Over-the-Counter Products?
    • Understand the differences between professional treatments and over-the-counter products, particularly in terms of effectiveness and safety.
  8. What Should I Do If I Experience Sensitivity After the Treatment?
    • Know the steps to take if you experience sensitivity, including recommended products or follow-up treatments.
  9. Can the Whitening Be Customised?
    • Ask if the whitening treatment can be tailored to your specific needs, especially in terms of strength and duration.
  10. What Are the Costs Involved?
    • Get a clear understanding of the costs, including any potential additional treatments for sensitivity.
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Additional Teeth Whitening Tips for sensitive teeth

  • Gradual Whitening: Opt for gradual whitening processes rather than one-time intense treatments.
  • Professional Supervision: Always consider professional treatments over at-home kits for better supervision and customisation.
  • Pre-Treatment Consultation: Schedule a consultation to thoroughly discuss your concerns and get personalized advice.

By addressing these criteria and asking these questions, you can ensure that you choose the most suitable and safe option and if you are seeking teeth whitening in London be sure to contact us at Whites Dental, with two clinics located near Waterloo and Paddington stations.

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