Tooth whitening, performed by a cosmetic dentist, is a relatively quick and painless procedure that produces fantastic results. Many patients incorporate tooth whitening into their regular dental routine for a bright, white smile that dramatically improves their appearance and self-esteem.
While there are many tooth whitening products available over-the-counter, going to a cosmetic dentist for your whitening is the best way to make sure you get the best results, and avoid damaging your teeth or gums.
Unfortunately, tooth sensitivity is common after whitening. Tooth sensitivity usually occurs in reaction to brushing, or eating foods that are cold, hot, sweet or acidic. After whitening with a peroxide-based bleaching agent (which many cosmetic dentists use), the whitening agent can temporarily cause your teeth to be more sensitive. Tooth sensitivity usually feels like a short, sharp pain. This should subside within 24-hours of your tooth whitening, and it’s important you contact your dentist if it doesn’t.
Tooth sensitivity is another reason to have a cosmetic dentist perform your teeth whitening rather than doing it yourself. They will be able to advise you on what to expect following your whitening, and what you can do to relieve tooth sensitivity. You will also be able to rest assured that they have used the right amount of whitening gel.
If you do have sensitive teeth following a whitening, here are some tips to manage and relieve the pain:
The very best thing to do if you are experiencing tooth sensitivity is to speak to your dentist. Even if you whitened your teeth at home, they may be able to help you if there is any damage or unusual amounts of sensitivity. Some people’s teeth and gums are just more sensitive than others. If you’re not already using one, your dentist can recommend a good toothpaste for sensitive teeth. Avoid excessive sensitivity by always having whitenings performed by an experienced cosmetic dentist.