Reducing Sensitivity After Whitening
Teeth whitening is an easy and effective way to improve your smile. If you choose to have it professionally done at your dental office, you can benefit from a safer, more effective and faster teeth whitening method than if you were to use over-the-counter products.
Although professional teeth whitening is simple and non-invasive, there may be some very mild side effects. Don’t worry these side effects are usually temporary and they are far outweighed by the long-lasting benefits of a dazzling white smile.
Tooth Sensitivity After Tooth Whitening
It is not uncommon for patients to experience some mild tooth sensitivity for a few days following their teeth whitening. This may be indicated by acute discomfort when consuming hot or cold foods/beverages. Your risk for prolonged tooth sensitivity can increase if you overuse or misuse over-the-counter whitening products. It is best to have your whitening treatments monitored by a board certified dentist.
Why Does Tooth Sensitivity Occur?
The reason tooth sensitivity occurs can be explained by the following: Beneath the enamel layer of a tooth is a lower dentin layer. The dentin layer has multiple dentinal tubules (or holes), which lead down into the root and the soft tissue of the tooth. During your whitening treatment, a bleaching agent actually penetrates the tooth enamel and stimulates the tubules, which can temporarily heighten sensitivity.
How Can Tooth Sensitivity Be Minimized?
Your dentist can significantly reduce your discomfort by applying a tooth densensitizer during the treatment. In addition, patients should choose foods and beverages at room temperature for the first few days after whitening. It is best to also rinse with lukewarm water after brushing and flossing.
If you are worried about the potential tooth sensitivity that may occur after professional teeth whitening, discuss your concerns with your dentist. Gilreath Dental Associates has adopted the latest, most advanced teeth whitening procedures to minimize any discomfort and make your experience as rewarding as possible.
Posted on behalf of Dr. Paul Gilreath IV, Gilreath Dental Associates