If you've ever had your teeth whitened, you've felt the satisfaction that comes from gazing into the mirror at a fresh new smile. 

A regular tooth brushing routine does wonders to maintain the sparkle on your teeth. Over the course of time, even the most diligent brushers are vulnerable to a degree of staining. Whitening is a great way to bring the shine back.

How does teeth whitening work?

Teeth whitening removes stains out of tiny tubules which run from the outside of your tooth to the nerve on the inside. After whitening, which cleans these tubules, they remain open and thus energy transmission occurs faster with hot and cold items. This transmission of energy can result in varying degrees of sensitivity. As opposed to having stain in these tubules which slows the transmission of hot and cold sensations reducing the sensitivity.

Although sensitivity can be a side effect of whitening, there are multiple products which can be used to reduce that sensitivity, a toothpaste that addresses sensitive teeth such as Sensodyne is a great way to follow up with whitening to help reduce the discomfort if any is noticed.  Using a straw with your drink is a great strategy to minimize cold beverages coming in contact with sensitive teeth.

Protect your new shine!

Your teeth are also most susceptible to re-staining while these pores are open. It's wise to allow a couple days for tubules to recover before eating or drinking anything that could cause new staining. A good rule of thumb: If it can stain a white T-shirt, it can stain your teeth. Learn more about our teeth whitening services from our friendly dentists in Fargo, ND.

Bring the shine back!

Do you need to restore the shimmer on your smile? South University Dental in Fargo (ND) has friendly professionals with a wealth of experience in teeth whitening. Email our office or call (701) 232-8884. One of our friendly team members will happily help you schedule a convenient appointment time.