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Can Professional Whitening Cause Tooth Sensitivity?

The bottom half of a woman's face with half the smile yellowed and half white, showing the difference that teeth whitening can make in a smile's appearance.

You know what they say. Your smile is your best accessory. But if your teeth are getting a little yellow, it’s time to do something about that! In today’s post, we are talking all about professional teeth whitening.

Why Professional Teeth Whitening?

Professional teeth whitening from a dentist is much more reliable and effective than treatments available over the counter from a drugstore or over the internet. This is also one of those dental treatments where the results are immediate and noticeable. Our in-office whitening treatment can make your teeth up to eight times whiter! However, if you want to whiten your teeth at home, we offer professional take home whitening kits which are also very effective. There’s no better time to brighten up your smile than before the start of the holiday season with holiday gatherings and photo opportunities!

Can Professional Teeth Whitening Cause Sensitivity?

It’s really not uncommon for professional teeth whitening to cause tooth sensitivity, especially in patients who already deal with sensitivity. The sensitivity can last anywhere from a few minutes, to hours or even days, all depending on the patient.

How Can I Lessen Sensitivity?

There are some things you can do to lessen the sensitivity associated with teeth whitening. If you avoid stain causing foods and beverages and take excellent care of your teeth, you can increase the time between whitening sessions. This will give you time to recover after the treatment. You should also consider using a sensitivity toothpaste. These toothpastes work with your nerves to help block pain signals. Other helpful things to do include drinking through a straw and staying away from especially cold, hot, or acidic foods. Finally, if you’re dealing with sensitivity, bring it up with your dentist at your next preventive exam. It’s something we can help you work through.

Cosmetic Dentistry in Long Island City

Looking for another way to boost your smile’s appearance? In addition to professional teeth whitening, we also offer Invisalign® and porcelain veneers. With Invisalign, you can achieve a straighter smile discreetly, without the hassle of brackets and wire. Veneers can address pretty much any dental issue, including discoloration, chipped or broken teeth, or misshapen teeth. Veneers can really transform the entire smile!

Improve Your Smile at Queensboro Plaza Dental Care

Here at Queensboro Plaza Dental Care in Long Island City, NY, we prioritize the health and beauty of all of our patients’ smiles! To book a cosmetic consultation, or simply schedule your next cleaning and exam, call our office today!

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Patient Reviews

Karoline PammerKaroline Pammer
20:52 30 Mar 22
Dr. Nguyen and his staff are extremely competent, friendly and professional. He is very thorough and explains everything very clearly. Finally I feel like I am in good hands when it comes to dental care.
Matt SmithMatt Smith
21:18 05 Feb 22
Great overall experience getting a dental cleaning. Very friendly staff, beautifully designed office, and a comfortable experience watching calming Netflix nature programming while in the chair. Complimentary beverages are in the waiting room and so is a little play area for kids.It felt to me that this was a patient-focused family practice as opposed to a cold, corporate dental mill trying to churn through as many patients as possible.I’ll definitely be coming back here for all my dental needs and I highly recommend.
Sundup SherpaSundup Sherpa
22:07 02 Feb 22
Dr. Nguyen and his staff are very welcoming and they provide an excellent experience every time I visit. I’ve only been here twice for annual checkups but would definitely consider and recommend this place to anyone who appreciates good customer experience and a very thoughtful approach to making sure that you feel at home. I have some procedures set up for later in the month and I must actually be the only person in the world actually looking forward to a dentist appointment.
Jayrockem GottemJayrockem Gottem
21:27 09 Nov 21
Great place wonderful staff they will be my go too dentist 100%
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22:08 26 Aug 21
Very confident after leaving the office that my teeth are in greatttt hands. Above and beyond patient care. Very informative visits. A sense that they genuinely care about patient concerns. Added helpful guidelines I took home with me to reach dental hygiene goals before my next visits. Highly recommended you leave your old scary dentist ! 😁😁
Queensboro Plaza Dental Care

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