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Will Teeth Whitening Make My Teeth Sensitive?

There are many cases of people feeling sensitivity in their teeth after a tooth whitening treatment. Although safe and professional treatments do lower your risk of adverse effects, there is a chance of increased sensitivity after treatment. Titirangi Dental is looking into what causes tooth sensitivity and how you can prevent it.

What Is Teeth Whitening Sensitivity?

Teeth whitening sensitivity usually occurs in people who already have sensitive teeth and, although it can be uncomfortable, it won’t result in permanent damage or a long-term change in how your teeth feel. There are specially formulated whitening kits that have been designed for people with sensitive teeth, so you can still enjoy whiter teeth no matter what.

Some sensitivity is normal after a teeth whitening treatment; however, if you continue to feel sensitivity for a long period of time, consult your dentist. This may be a sign of a deeper problem.

The Causes of Teeth Whitening Sensitivity

Most professional whitening kits include a percentage of hydrogen peroxide as their active ingredient. This is necessary because the bleach works to fight stains that have worked their way deep into the enamel. Some people are more sensitive to peroxide than others, and they may begin to feel an aching or discomfort during the treatment process.

Afterwards, many people feel discomfort when eating or drinking hot or cold products. Although this can be frustrating or scary, teeth whitening sensitivity isn’t permanent and it will go away after a short period of time.

Preventing Sensitivity after Your Treatment

There are two main ways to prevent sensitivity from occurring. You can choose a product that has a lower level of peroxide and shorter application times in order to protect your teeth from discomfort. These products are less concentrated and can be complemented with whitening toothpaste after your treatment. Speak to your dentist about finding the right product.

Another method of preventing sensitivity is to be careful with what you consume after your treatment. Avoid extreme temperatures in your food and beverages for the days following your teeth whitening procedure and you shouldn’t be impacted as dramatically by your tooth sensitivity.

Make Sure You Discuss Your Sensitivity with Your Dentist

If you know you are prone to sensitivity in your teeth, make sure you express this to your dentist when you have a consultation for teeth whitening. That way, they can make the best possible recommendations for your needs and ensure you don’t experience unbearable sensitivity after the treatment.

To discover your options in teeth whitening from Titirangi Dental in West Auckland, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our friendly team by calling 09 817 6057 or contacting us online.