Teeth whitening is a very common procedure in dental offices around the country - and the world. It is safe, effective, and can give you the beautiful bright smile you’ve always wanted in about an hour or so. Unfortunately, some people end up leaving with white teeth that hurt.
This pain and sensitivity can appear during the treatment and can last a couple of minutes, a couple of hours, or even a couple of days after the treatment.
Causes of Pain and Sensitivity
So, what causes this pain and sensitivity with teeth whitening?
When it comes to whitening teeth and removing years of stains, it is going to require some powerful agents. The professional-quality teeth whitening gets deep into the tooth’s enamel to give better results, rather than just working the surface of the tooth. That means the agents reach the soft dentin layer that contains nerves. And this is why you feel pain.
How to Ease Sensitivity After Whitening
If you find yourself dealing with a little pain or sensitivity after whitening, then there are a few things you can do to find some comfort. Talk to your dental team about any recommendations they may have to help make those couple of days a little more bearable.
Avoid eating or drinking anything hot or cold. Because your teeth are going to feel more sensitive for a day or two, you are more likely to feel the unpleasant effects of the dramatic temperatures of foods. By avoiding them, you can avoid the pain that comes from it.
Sip through a straw. Whenever you drink through a straw, the liquid doesn’t necessarily come in direct contact with your teeth which can reduce any discomfort.
Be gentle as you brush - and use a desensitizing toothpaste. As you brush your teeth, be sure to do so gently. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and don’t aggressively push down. Be sure you use a desensitizing toothpaste, too.
Invest in fluoride. After a teeth whitening treatment, using fluoride mouthwash and/or toothpaste can help your teeth remineralize. This will help to reduce pain.
Can This Pain Be Prevented?
Yes, it can. There are steps you can take before your whitening procedure to prevent - or at the very least, minimize - the pain you feel. If you know that your teeth are sensitive or you feel that you should take precautions, take an anti-inflammatory or over-the-counter pain medication before your treatment.
Choose to brush with a desensitizing toothpaste at least a week or two before your appointment. And finally, use a desensitizing gel immediately before you go. Rub it on your teeth, leave it on as directed, and then rinse.
Taking the time to do these things in advance of your teeth whitening treatment will help tremendously.
Teeth Whitening at Oak Road Dentistry
There are many options when it comes to teeth whitening, but the professional whitening you will find here at Oak Road Dentistry can leave you with a brighter smile that’s full of confidence.