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Teeth whitening is a popular cosmetic dental procedure that aims to brighten the appearance of your smile. One common concern associated with teeth whitening is the potential for tooth sensitivity.

Will Teeth Whitening Make My Teeth SensitiveUnderstanding Tooth Sensitivity

Tooth sensitivity, also known as dentin hypersensitivity, is a common dental condition characterised by discomfort or pain in response to certain stimuli. These stimuli can include:

  1. Hot and Cold: Sensitivity to hot or cold foods and beverages is a common symptom. The pain can be sharp and sudden.
  2. Sweet and Sugary Foods: Consuming sweets or sugary foods can trigger sensitivity in some individuals.
  3. Acidic Foods and Drinks: Acidic items like citrus fruits, soda, and vinegar can exacerbate tooth sensitivity.
  4. Brushing and Flossing: Overly vigorous brushing or flossing, using a hard-bristle toothbrush, or using improper brushing techniques can lead to sensitivity.
  5. Air or Cold Air: Breathing in cold air or exposure to cold wind can cause discomfort for some people.
  6. Touch or Pressure: Biting down on hard foods or objects can induce sensitivity, as can pressure from dental procedures.
  7. Gum Recession: Receding gums can expose the tooth roots, which are more sensitive to external stimuli.
  8. Cracked or Damaged Teeth: Teeth with cracks, fractures, or cavities are more prone to sensitivity.

Teeth Whitening and Sensitivity

Teeth whitening treatments, especially those that use bleaching agents, can cause temporary tooth sensitivity in some individuals. The bleaching agents used in whitening gels or solutions penetrate the enamel to break down stains and discolouration. This process can temporarily increase the permeability of the tooth enamel, making the teeth more susceptible to external stimuli and resulting in sensitivity.

Factors Affecting Sensitivity

Several factors can influence the likelihood and intensity of tooth sensitivity following teeth whitening:

  1. Concentration of Whitening Agents: Higher concentrations of whitening agents used in professional teeth whitening treatments can increase the risk of tooth sensitivity. Dentists are trained to choose appropriate concentrations based on individual needs to minimize sensitivity.
  2. Individual Sensitivity: Each person’s tooth sensitivity threshold is unique. Some individuals may be more prone to sensitivity, while others may experience little to no sensitivity during or after teeth whitening.
  3. Existing Tooth Sensitivity: If you already have sensitive teeth or a history of tooth sensitivity, you may be more susceptible to experiencing sensitivity after teeth whitening.
  4. Improper Use of Whitening Products: Overusing or misusing teeth whitening products, such as leaving the whitening gel on for longer than recommended or using products not designed for your specific needs, can increase the likelihood of tooth sensitivity.

Minimising Sensitivity

While tooth sensitivity following teeth whitening is usually temporary, there are steps you can take to minimize or manage the discomfort:

  1. Use Desensitising Toothpaste: Prior to and after teeth whitening, switch to a desensitising toothpaste formulated for sensitive teeth. These toothpastes contain ingredients that can help alleviate sensitivity over time.
  2. Avoid Extreme Temperatures: Limit the consumption of extremely hot or cold foods and beverages, as they can trigger sensitivity. Choose lukewarm or room temperature items instead.
  3. Maintain Good Oral Hygiene: Brush your teeth gently with a soft-bristled toothbrush and use a fluoride toothpaste to help strengthen and protect your enamel. Avoid aggressive brushing, as it can contribute to sensitivity.
  4. Follow Instructions Carefully: If you are using at-home whitening products, adhere to the instructions provided. Avoid overusing the products or exceeding the recommended application time.
  5. Consult with Our Dentist: If you experience prolonged or severe tooth sensitivity after teeth whitening, it is advisable to consult with our dentist. We can evaluate your situation and provide appropriate recommendations or adjustments to your whitening routine.

Why Choose Anderson & Broadberry Dental Care for Teeth Whitening?

Anderson & Broadberry Dental Care - Dentist in Swallownest, SheffieldChoose Anderson & Broadberry Dental Care for your teeth whitening needs in Swallownest, Sheffield, and let us help you achieve a brighter, more confident smile!

  1. Affordable Pricing: Our teeth whitening treatments start from a budget-friendly £300, making a brighter, more dazzling smile accessible to everyone.
  2. Experienced Dental Professionals: You can trust our team of highly skilled and experienced dental professionals to provide you with safe and effective teeth whitening treatments. We have a proven track record of delivering exceptional results while ensuring your dental health.
  3. Customised Whitening Plans: No two smiles are alike, and neither should your teeth whitening plan be. We tailor our treatments to your unique needs, ensuring that you achieve the whitening results you desire.
  4. Advanced Whitening Techniques: We employ cutting-edge and well-established teeth whitening techniques that are known for delivering stunning and lasting results. Rest assured that your smile is in expert hands.
  5. Comfortable, State-of-the-Art Facilities: Our dental clinic offers a comfortable and modern environment designed to put you at ease during your teeth whitening procedure. Enjoy a relaxed and stress-free experience with us.
  6. A Commitment to Natural Beauty: We are dedicated to enhancing your smile’s natural beauty, ensuring that your teeth look brilliantly white while maintaining a natural appearance. You’ll leave our clinic with a radiant, authentic smile.
  7. Convenient Appointment Scheduling: We understand the importance of your time. That’s why we offer flexible appointment scheduling options, making it easy for you to get the teeth whitening treatment you desire when it suits your schedule.
  8. Patient-Focused Care: At Anderson & Broadberry Dental Care, your satisfaction is our top priority. We focus on providing patient-centric care, addressing your concerns, and ensuring your teeth whitening experience exceeds your expectations.

What Patients Are Saying About Us

Adam Mcskimming
Adam Mcskimming
Tremendous first impression of the surgery. Person centred and went above and beyond to ensure I understood next steps. Can't speak more highly of the patient centred care.
Leah Wilson
Leah Wilson
Amazing service from the receptionist, dental nurse Sam and especially Iain and Tin who has been amazing knowing how much of a anxious patient I am they are always there to support me and are extremely caring and I am very grateful for them looking after me Iain goes above and beyond each time for me and is so welcoming.
Dan Smith
Dan Smith
Absolutely fantastic recent had alot of work done by Sinead and jess and they have saved my teeth not been to a dentist in over 10 years and I can say I'm not afraid to go any more , I was in a right tacking wi me mouth and now they have fixed it thank you so much
Delwar Ullah
Delwar Ullah
I recently had three teas taken out at the top and because of my cerebral palsy and diabetes. I was in a lot of pain afterwards a week later I went back to the practice because it wasn’t getting any better and the pain was getting worse. My dentist Sophie was absolutely fantastic she took really good care of me And got me out of pain in no time and she was very thorough And I couldn’t thank you enough for what she had done for me. I’ve got to go back in a week to see if everything is okay no the dentist enormous 65 years in life has ever asked me to come back before but Sophie has top rank
sandra burgess
sandra burgess
Fantastic dentists. The reception team are always polite and helpful. I have had a number of dentists in the 20 years I have been a customer and all have been brilliant. I am currently with Holly who is amazing and has done a wonderful job with my Invisalign and then a few cosmetic changes. She has a great assistant too, which makes a usually stressful experience into a fun one. Highly recommend.
Debbie Tunstill
Debbie Tunstill
I had 3 teeth out Hanisha the dentist and Zoe the dental nurse was brilliant I have a bit of a fear of the dentist but they put me at ease could not thank them enough thank you both of you
Carol Slack
Carol Slack
Very efficient, quick and absolutely pain free
Derrol Palmer
Derrol Palmer
I'm a wuss when it comes to going to the dentist, but I've just had my smile spruced up by the hygienist, Sinead (hope I've spelt that right) and Sherron (hope I've got that right too) who both put me at ease with their banter and turned me out looking 10 years younger. Thanks Derrol
Kathy Wilton
Kathy Wilton
This is the best dental care I’ve ever received. I’m fearful patient dentist (Sophie) has always found a way to calm my anxiety and never rushed me. I asked that if it was possible for them not to tell me what they were doing if possible legally (obviously they have to tell me some things) and i know it’s silly but she didn’t make me feel silly and agreed. I have disabilities too which make laying in the chair uncomfortable but we worked out a system of me lifting my hand if I need to move while she’s working on me. My fears have always been taken into consideration and I’ve never been made to feel bad because of them (childhood trauma yay). They give me distraction techniques and said they’d stop if it got too much (so far not needed to do that). Even after telling them I’d need to be referred to hospital because of one of my conditions for extraction procedures they were great and told me that fine. I’ll never go anywhere else now. Thank you Sophie for helping get over my fears without making me feel like a baby

How to Find Us in Swallownest

We are conveniently located at 📍46 Worksop Road, Swallownest, Sheffield S26 4WD📍You can access our expert dental services by car or by  public transportation with ease. Ample parking is available.

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