Lakeforest Dental Associates
Dr. Neil Daftary and Dr. Robert Zaner

What if my teeth feel sensitive when I use my whitening trays?

Whiter, Brighter Smiles in GaithersburgA small percentage of patients who opt to whiten their teeth experience sensitivity. Often, patients with gum recession have the most sensitivity due to exposed roots. It is important to remember that sensitivity is temporary and does not cause future problems with teeth, though it can be uncomfortable at the time. 

Professional Teeth Whitening

We offer custom take-home teeth whitening kits in our Gaithersburg, MD dental office for patients to use over the course of two to three weeks to achieve a dramatically whiter smile. When we deliver your whitening trays, we will demonstrate how to use them properly. Following instructions precisely will reduce the likelihood of sensitivity developing.

  • Use only a small dot of whitening gel per tooth
  • Do not overfill trays
  • Avoid leaving trays in for extended periods
  • Wipe any excess gel from the gums

You can also try sensitivity toothpaste to reduce symptoms. For patients with severe sensitivity, Dr. Neil Daftary or Dr. Robert Zaner can reduce the strength of the whitening gel, apply fluoride varnish to the teeth, or recommend a desensitizing agent so that you can have a white smile without pain.

Teeth Whitening in Gaithersburg

To learn more about teeth whitening in our Gaithersburg, MD dental office, contact us to book an appointment or talk to us at your next dental cleaning appointment. The best time to whiten your teeth is following a professional dental cleaning.

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