Some people have naturally sensitive teeth. If you need to straighten your teeth, this sensitivity may come into play. Teeth sensitivity can cause maximum discomfort during any teeth straightening treatment. People experience different pain levels during treatment ranging from mild tinges to severe discomfort. If you’re suffering from this condition or currently experiencing it during an Invisalign treatment, read on to learn more about how to overcome it.
First, let’s look at what leads to sensitive teeth. It is mainly caused by reduced tooth enamel. Enamel protects your teeth and the less there is, the less protection your teeth will have. Additionally, brushing vigorously, naturally receding gums, cracked teeth, tooth filling or even teeth whitening can be amongst the causes of sensitive teeth. You could be developing gingivitis, sore or inflamed gums exposing the root directly to your tooth.
Orthodontics research also indicates people wearing Invisalign clear aligners are less susceptible to teeth sensitivity. You may feel a loose feeling with your teeth during or right after completion of Invisalign treatment. However, this usually settles down within the first few weeks.
Here are a few suggestions on how you can alleviate teeth sensitivity. The first step is to buy a softer toothbrush. Avoid brushing vigorously. It will wear off the cementum, which safeguards the root of your teeth.
Use appropriate toothpaste on sensitive teeth. Remember, you still need to brush your teeth in the morning and at night, to achieve the best results. If you feel your teeth are sensitive during the day, apply a little toothpaste over the area. However, do not get any toothpaste onto the Invisalign clear aligner and avoid rubbing it excessively.
Fluoride helps reduce tooth decay. Nowadays, many types of toothpaste on the market contain fluoride with some products having more fluoride concentration than others. Use fluoride toothpaste to brush your teeth as it protects and encourages the forming of high quality enamel.
Watch what you eat. Your diet can directly contribute to teeth becoming sensitive. Avoid consuming hot and cold beverages or eating sugary foods, for instance, as these can irritate your teeth increasing sensitivity.
If your teeth continue to be sensitive, it is best for you to visit your dentist and discuss treatment options to keep this from occurring.