Teeth whitening procedures have become more and more popular these days. They can either be done at home or in-office. When a person wants his/her teeth whitened, he/she can visit a dentist for a teeth whitening procedure and enjoy the smile that lasts a lifetime. Before deciding to pursue teeth whitening, there are some things that you need to consider.
How to Handle Tooth Sensitivity
Sensitivity may occur during or after the use of a teeth whitening agent like hydrogen peroxide. Usually, these agents promote the erosion of tooth enamel; they also penetrate tissues and expose teeth nerves. With the nerves exposed, the whitening effects of the agents are obtained easily but it results in a more sensitive teeth. Now that the nerves are exposed, our teeth begin to get sensitive as we consume hot or cold foods and beverages.
There are different ways a person who have undergone a teeth whitening procedure can handle teeth sensitivity. They are either prescribed with ibuprofen or analgesics just to take away the pain. Your dentist may also advise using desensitizing gels or creams. To help soothe sensitive teeth, you can also apply sesame oil or vitamin E oil. Give it a few days, the sensitivity feeling will just go away. It is also advised to set up an emergency appointment if the pain doesn’t go away.
Food and Drinks
After the whitening procedure, your dentist will instruct you to avoid eating very hot and cold food and beverage since the tooth is still very sensitive to temperature changes, and may result in much more damage to the tooth’s nerve. He may also instruct you to stop eating or drinking dark colored foods or drinks for a week or so. Since your tooth’s enamel is damaged, it will take in the color of whatever you put inside your mouth. Avoiding dark colored food or beverages will be very useful for you to enjoy the whitening effects much longer.
How to maintain whitened teeth
Our teeth’s enamel usually stains and loses its natural pearly white color as time goes by due to many factors. Here are some tips to maintain white teeth after teeth whitening:
- Brush and floss at least twice a day
- Refrain from smoking; especially after your teeth whitening procedure
- Limit drinking dark-colored beverages like coffee, tea, wine, and sodas.
- Visit your dentist for a cleaning every six months to check if there are changes in color.
By following these tips, you can maintain your bright smile that you deserve. If you have other concerns or need more tips, it is best to contact or visit your dentist.