Teeth Whitening for Patients with Tooth Sensitivity

Millions of Americans suffer from sensitive teeth. Many of these patients do not utilize teeth whitening treatments because they mistakenly believe that these treatments cannot be used if you have sensitive teeth. While it is true that some whitening treatments can increase sensitivity, some treatments cause fewer issues with sensitivity than others. Dr. Alan Frame, cosmetic dentist Santa Clara, routinely helps patients with sensitive teeth achieve a whiter smile.

Sensitive teeth are usually caused by erosion or thinning of the dental enamel. Dental enamel covers the teeth and protects them. When the enamel is thin or eroded, hot or cold liquids can affect the inner layer of the tooth, called the dentin. Dentin contains thousands of tiny pores, allowing the hot or cold to affect the tooth and cause pain. Whitening treatments can further irritate the dentin, making it even more sensitive.

Despite these problems, some in office teeth whitening treatments are acceptable for use with patients who have sensitive teeth. These treatments may be milder, or they may include a slightly different whitening process that protects the teeth from increased sensitivity. If you have sensitive teeth, it is important to let Dr. Frame know before you agree to an in office whitening treatment, so Dr. Frame can recommend an appropriate treatment for your condition.

Call Dr. Frame, Santa Clara teeth whitening expert, to schedule your appointment. Dr. Frame will be glad to discuss your whitening options with you and to help you choose one that is right for your needs.

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