PHILADELPHIA, PA, August 28, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- There are many options for achieving a brighter, whiter smile, but cosmetic dentist Dr. Sherri Worth
knows that some of these methods can leave teeth more sensitive. This can result in temporary discomfort. Though it only lasts briefly, there are simple ways to help prevent or relieve it. A recent article
in Allure reveals strategies that people can use to help decrease the pain they feel and make the entire process more comfortable. Dr. Sherri Worth weighs in with some additional tips.
Preparing teeth before whitening can help to relieve sensitivity and pain. This involves brushing with toothpaste that contains potassium nitrate for two weeks prior to whitening and also before and after treatment. Jeffery M. Cole, a former president of the Academy of General Dentistry explains that it "shores up the mineral in teeth and decreases pressure on the nerves." This simple step can help to reduce the discomfort felt after whitening treatments have occurred.
If teeth and gums are feeling achy or sensitive, it is okay to hold off on at-home treatments. While people often seek immediate results, too much whitening can leave them in more pain. Taking a few days off will not negate the progress made and it will give teeth time to feel better. When using at-home treatments, more high-tech methods can prove beneficial. For example, the article notes, "Pearl Gentle White uses a tiny ionic current to boost the power of the relatively mild gel - 6 percent hydrogen peroxide - without increasing sensitivity." This technology helps to effectively remove stains.
To help reduce pain from the start, people can work proactively and take two ibuprofen, such as Advil or Motrin, 30 minutes before having teeth whitened. This can help to relieve the pain that they might usually feel after treatment. Cosmetic dentist Jeff Golub Evans notes that acetaminophen, which is found in Tylenol, is not as effective.
Throughout her years of experience whitening teeth, Dr. Sherri Worth has become skilled at treating the discomfort that some patients feel after whitening. "The biggest complaint from whitening is sensitivity," she says. "It does go away quickly but can be bothersome. As a general rule we give our patients Advil prior to bleaching. We also provide a desensitizing gel to our patients to take home and apply to their teeth. This really works to rid the patients of pain after bleaching." Dr. Sherri Worth encourages patients to discuss any pain they experience with their dentist so that they can come up with strategies to provide relief.
Dr. Sherri Worth
is a skilled and experienced cosmetic and reconstructive dentist based in Newport Beach, California. She has transformed the smiles of hundreds of patients including many well-known celebrities such as Bobby Crosby, Tommy Lee, Mark McGwire, Debbie Siebers, Anna Kendrick, and more. At her private practice, the Center for Reconstructive Dentistry, she provides innovative solutions using the latest treatment techniques. She is committed to creating a comfortable and relaxing environment where patients receive personalized care that fits their unique needs. Services include veneers; inlays and onlays; bonding; crowns and bridges; teeth whitening; Invisalign; dental implants; orthodontics; and more. She also performs general dentistry to help patients maintain healthy teeth and gums. Dr. Worth is committed to staying on top of the latest trends and developments and providing patients with high quality care and service.