Does Teeth Whitening Hurt?

Does Teeth Whitening Hurt?

Teeth whitening can dramatically transform your smile. If you feel self-conscious about your teeth being more stained or yellow than you would like, you can make a significant change just by getting your teeth whitened.

But some people have a lot of misconceptions about tooth whitening. You may have heard that it makes your teeth really sensitive or even hurts, especially from people who have used over-the-counter products in the past. Dr. Anette Betancor at Dente Complete Dentistry explains more about the facts about teeth whitening.

The causes of stained teeth

Stained teeth can happen as a result of many causes. Your teeth may be stained by certain foods and drinks that you consume, as well as by certain habits. Some of the worst offenders are:

Trauma can also cause damage to your teeth, resulting in making them more stained. 

Some people naturally have darker teeth than others. In these cases, the dentin inside your teeth may be darker, which usually doesn’t achieve dramatic results from standard whitening. However, you don’t have to give up your dream of whiter teeth. Veneers are very effective in covering your teeth, and you can choose any shade that you want.

Why should you choose tooth whitening?

Getting your teeth whitened by a professional is much different from using over-the-counter products to whiten your teeth yourself.

For one thing, when you take a do-it-yourself approach, your results are much less guaranteed. In most cases, you wear strips over your teeth every night, usually for 2-3 weeks. But these strips aren’t very strong, which increases the likelihood that you might have to use several boxes of strips.

When you get your teeth whitened by a dentist, your results are much more powerful. We use a combination of bleaching chemicals and the Zoom® laser. The Zoom laser “cures” the bleaching chemical on your teeth, making the treatment more effective. This whole procedure usually only takes an hour or less.

We can also make custom trays that you take home and wear for a couple of weeks. These are more effective at whitening your teeth than over-the-counter treatments because we use more powerful bleaching agents.

We can do a combination of the Zoom laser whitening and the take-home trays as well, giving you an extra bang for your buck.

What you can expect after tooth whitening

Some dental sensitivity after tooth whitening is normal and expected, and it usually goes away within a couple of days. If you want to avoid extreme sensitivity, you might wish to try just the Zoom laser treatment. This is effective at whitening your teeth, and you may see the results that you want to see.

If you want to go further, you can try the take-home kits as well. You can test it out a little bit at different times to minimize the impact on your teeth if you experience some sensitivity.

If you would like to find out the best way to get a whiter smile, contact Dr. Anette Betancor at Dente Complete Dentistry today or request an appointment online.

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