Teeth whitening can cause teeth sensitivity. Sensitivity during teeth whitening is normal and usually goes away within a day or two after treatment. However, the entire tooth and any exposed root surfaces are affected by dentin hypersensitivity, often known as tooth sensitivity. When the active components in whitening products, such as hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide, reach the nerves within each tooth, this occurs. The degree of whitening treatments, the individual’s unique dental characteristics, and whether or not they previously underwent teeth whitening procedures all affect how sensitive a person’s teeth are during or after whitening procedures. The degree of discomfort or sensitivity felt during or after an active whitening treatment may be influenced by these elements.
If you have concerns about teeth whitening sensitivity, please call us here at Monahan Family and Cosmetic Dentistry to help you determine the best way to achieve your desired level of whiteness while minimizing any discomfort. There are several techniques to reduce pain and sensitivity after a whitening procedure. Among these techniques are:
Reduce the Frequency of Teeth Whitening Procedures
One way to lessen the sensitivity brought on by quick teeth whitening is to lengthen the interval between procedures or perhaps discontinue whitening altogether.
Select an Alternative Teeth Whitening Treatment
Because of the intensity or degree of active bleaching agents, several types of whitening procedures can produce increased sensitivity or pain. If routinely using bleaching trays is making your teeth more sensitive, you might want to switch to a less-powerful whitening procedure, like whitening toothpaste, to give your teeth a break.
Avoid Consuming Extremely Cold, Hot, or Acidic Foods and Beverages During Whitening Treatments
If you have recently whitened your teeth with laser whitening, zoom whitening, or a home bleach tray, consuming extremely cold, hot, or acidic food and drinks can impact the sensitivity of your teeth and gums. You can significantly lessen sensitivity or pain by avoiding a few foods and drinks right before or after a teeth-whitening procedure.
Sip Through a Straw
When you must have a hot cup of coffee or a glass of cooled ice tea, consider drinking through a straw. You should avoid much of the discomfort related to drinking a warm or cold beverage after treatment since a straw sticks out past your teeth.
Brush Your Teeth with a Special Toothpaste
Some kinds of toothpaste, including Sensodyne and Colgate Sensitive, can assist in preventing your teeth from sending pain signals to your nerves. Desensitizing gels like Senzaway and Smile Brilliant can also be useful.
Use a Less Intense Bleaching Gel
If you use in-home bleach trays, you should use a less intense bleaching gel. You might expect less sensitivity or pain from your whitening treatments if you use a lower-grade bleaching product.
The results of your teeth whitening treatment will last a long time, but how long they last depend on several things. The habits you have, such as drinking coffee, tea, or wine and smoking, can all lead to your teeth becoming discolored over time. Professional teeth cleanings here at Monahan Family and Cosmetic Dentistry will help to remove any surface staining and keep your smile looking its best.