Professional teeth whitening is safe and effective. However, it can cause sensitivity for some patients. Sensitivity can occur when the bleaching agents penetrate the enamel, increasing the blood flow in the pulp of the tooth and irritating the nerve. Bleaching can also cause the pores of the tooth to open, exposing the nerve to more sensations. Both of these situations are temporary, but they can be uncomfortable. You can reduce the risk of post-whitening sensitivity and relieve your discomfort with a few changes to your routine.
1. Use a desensitizing toothpaste.
This will help block the channels in the dentin and prevent sensitivity. You can start using it before you whiten and continue using it after you whiten. Avoid brushing your teeth immediately after whitening, however. Your teeth need to rest and recover from the treatment.
2. Consider a fluoride treatment.
Fluoride keeps dental enamel strong. You can use professional fluoride treatments before or after whitening treatments to reduce sensitivity and protect your teeth. You can also try a calcium-based paste to re-mineralize your teeth immediately after whitening.
3. Follow all whitening instructions.
Regardless of whether you use OTC or professional whitening treatments, follow all recommendations. Do not leave the solutions on your teeth longer than recommended, do not use them more often than recommended and avoid acidic foods and drinks during treatment periods.
Call our tooth whitening dentist today to schedule your whitening appointment.