How to Whiten Sensitive Teeth

October 19 2020

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Deciding to whiten your teeth at home can be a great way to get a dazzling smile that you want to show off to the world. However, if you have sensitive teeth, then finding the right over-the-counter whitening options is in your best interest. You already have to deal with tooth pain and discomfort, you don't want to make it any worse.

How Do Teeth Whitening Products Contribute to Teeth Sensitivity?

Before getting into the steps, it's helpful to understand how teeth whitening treatments can contribute to teeth sensitivity. Teeth whitening products usually contain some amount of carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide. Depending on the product you get, the amount and type of this whitening ingredient will vary.

Sensitivity can occur or worsen when the peroxide penetrates your tooth enamel, which is the tough outer layer of your teeth, and soaks into the dentin, which is the soft layer of your tooth where the nerve is located. It can also create discomfort if it soaks into your gums.

Some of the other reasons why the tooth whitening process can worsen teeth sensitivity includes using trays that don't fit properly or not following the directions for the teeth whitening kit. The condition of your teeth also contributes to teeth sensitivity. If you have recession, bleeding gums or cavities, these can make your teeth hurt as well. If you have any of these issues, it's important to see your dentist regularly and develop a plan to improve your oral health. . Whatever the reason for your tooth sensitivity, it is possible to have sensitive teeth and still get them white, without making your mouth feel worse. Here are the ways you can accomplish that goal.

1. Keep Your Mouth Healthy

The first thing you need to do to reduce sensitivity is to keep your mouth healthy. This includes visiting the dentist twice per year, brushing twice daily and flossing daily. Using a product such as ECO Balance can be an extra step to keep your mouth healthy, clean and fresh.

2. Use the Right Product

Since almost all teeth whitening treatments contain either carbamide or hydrogen peroxide, you want to find the product that contains only the amount necessary to whiten your teeth. Using too much could worsen your sensitivity problem. Using a product that contains an optimal amount of this active ingredient and then uses gentle warming heat and light technology to increase its efficacy and vastly improve your whitening results is in your best interest.

Whitening products with hydrogen peroxide are the better option because they can create a healthier environment inside your mouth. Since keeping your mouth healthy is the first step in whitening sensitive teeth, this can help.

At GLO Science, we offer a variety of hydrogen peroxide whitening products to help you reach your goals. Both the GLO Lit and GLO Brilliant use our patented heat and light technology to ensure that your teeth get as white as possible. They are safe and effective, even for those with sensitive teeth.

  • Gel That Stays in Place

Both the GLO Lit and the GLO Brilliant use GLO Vials to whiten your teeth, and this product can also be used on its own. Like some other whitening products, it contains hydrogen peroxide to whiten your teeth, but unlike other products available, this one is formulated to be thicker and to stick onto your teeth until it dissolves and evaporates as it lifts stains and whitens.

Since getting whiteners on your gums can increase sensitivity, you want something that stays on your teeth where it's supposed to, and the GLO whitening gel will do just that. Once you brush it on your teeth, you can be assured that it will stay put and not aggravate your gums. Since they are small and easy to carry, you can also use GLO Vials anywhere and everywhere, making this a convenient, easy way to get a white smile no matter where you are.

In addition, the whitening gel you use should be formulated to reduce sensitivity during use. Our GLO Vials contain potassium nitrate, which is proven to combat sensitivity.

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3. Follow the Directions

If you don't follow the directions that come with your whitening kit, you run the risk of using it incorrectly and increasing the sensitivity of your mouth. You want to have a brilliant smile, not pain, so make sure you are using the whitening systems as intended.

When it comes to the GLO Lit or the GLO Brilliant devices, you have the option of getting whiter teeth in five or seven days. To see results in five days, you'll need to wear the heat and LED light device four times a day for eight minutes per treatment. To get white teeth in seven days, you only have to wear the device for eight minutes per session three times per day. If you are prone to sensitivity, it is better to do fewer applications each day and but do more days in a row (so opt for three times a day for seven days). If you feel your teeth getting sensitive, take a break for a day or two before continuing your treatment.

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4. Use Desensitizing Toothpaste

If you currently use a desensitizing toothpaste to reduce sensitivity issues, it's advised that you continue to use this while whitening your teeth, as well as use a toothbrush with soft bristles. This can ensure that no new issues arise during the process. It will also continue to provide the protection you need to keep your teeth from hurting or aching throughout your day. Make sure the toothpaste doesn't contain stannous fluoride, as this can stain your teeth and reverse your whitening results.

It's also recommended that you use a desensitizing gel if necessary. This can be applied directly to your tooth or your gums that might be experiencing discomfort. Again, using this gel is another way to ensure your mouth feels as good as possible so that you can get through your day and use a whitening product to make your smile look amazing.

Whitening Products for All Tooth Types

At GLO Science, we want everyone to be able to put their best smile forward, even if you are whitening sensitive teeth. Our products were developed by a practicing dentist, and he has your best interests in mind. You're sure to find the tooth whitening treatment that will make your smile as bright as possible, even if you have sensitive teeth. Find the right option today!