My sister got her teeth whitened and her smile looks great. I told her I was thinking of doing myself. She said I need to be aware that it really hurts. She’s kind of a baby with pain and has a very low pain tolerance, so I didn’t know if it does really hurt or if she just overreacted. Does it hurt?
Did your sister say what type of professional teeth whitening she had done? Some patients with sensitive teeth have said that Zoom Whitening has caused them some pain. There are ways to prevent this. If your cosmetic dentist knows you have sensitive teeth, he should provide you with some fluoride treatments, which will help. Also, taking ibuprofen the morning of your appointment can help.
All that being said, Zoom isn’t the only professional whitening option. There are two others which have not had the same tooth sensitivity issues Zoom has had.
Professional Teeth Whitening Options
- Laser Teeth Whitening
This uses a similar procedure as Zoom Whitening, except it doesn’t use the Zoom light. Instead, it uses a Biolase laser. It will warm your teeth, but won’t be uncomfortable. This whitens your teeth completely in just one appointment. You could of course still use ibuprofen if you’re concerned.
- Take Home Whitening
With this method, your dentist will make custom fitted trays for your specific bite. Then, he’ll provide you with gel which you can place in the trays to wear at your convenience, generally for a minimum of 20 minutes per day. You’ll do this once a day until you reach the level of whitening you desire. This has the least risk of sensitivity.
The Key to Any Cosmetic Dentistry Work
The underlying key to any successful cosmetic dental work is the cosmetic dentist you choose. While almost any dentist can do teeth whitening, there are other procedures which require much more training and expertise. For instance, if you’re looking for a total smile makeover, then porcelain veneers would the procedure you’d want. It can change the size, shape, color, and even the character of your teeth. But, it requires a dentist with technical skill as well as an artistic eye.
Reading Cosmetic Dentist Dr. Michael Morgan’s page will help you get an idea of what type of training and credentials you should look for if you want a total smile makeover.
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