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Will Teeth Whitening Lead to Sensitivity?

March 30, 2022

Teeth whitening is a gentle cosmetic treatment that is generally safe for most patients when completed by a professional. This effective cosmetic treatment can lift years of dental stains to provide you with a more vibrant smile. Though professional teeth whitening is safe, it can cause some patients to experience temporary sensitivity.

What Causes Sensitivity After Teeth Whitening?

Sensitivity can be experienced after teeth whitening if the powerful whitening gel contacts your gums or irritates the sensitive nerve endings in the soft dentin layer of the tooth. The sensitivity should only be mild and last a few days.

How to Reduce Tooth Sensitivity

In most cases, whitening-related tooth sensitivity will quickly resolve on its own. However, there are certain steps you can take to avoid exacerbating your discomfort.

  1. Use Desensitizing Toothpaste
  2. Start using antisensitivity toothpaste before or after your procedure to help make your teeth less sensitive. For example, Crest Sensitive & Gum All Day Protection Anticavity Fluoride toothpaste is an excellent product with a mild flavor and smooth texture.

  3. Use a Soft-Bristled Toothbrush
  4. Soft-bristled toothbrushes are gentle on the enamel and gums. Even though they are soft, they are the most effective at removing plaque and food buildup without irritation to your oral tissues.

  5. Avoid Certain Foods & Drinks
  6. Your teeth will likely feel most sensitive during the first few days after your whitening treatment. During this time, avoid foods and drinks that are either very hot, cold, acidic, and/or sugary. Extreme temperatures, acid, and sugar can trigger sensitivity.

  7. Consult with Our Team!
  8. If your tooth sensitivity becomes unbearable and causes severe discomfort that significantly decreases your quality of life, contact us for an emergency dental appointment. We offer prompt emergency services during our office hours: Mondays and Tuesdays from 8 AM to 5 PM; Wednesdays from 8 AM to 2 PM; Thursdays from 9 AM to 5 PM; and Fridays from 8 AM to 1 PM.

Professional Teeth Whitening in Joplin, MO

Would you like to transform your smile from dull to bright? Our team at ADC Dental Group offers gentle and safe professional teeth whitening in Joplin, MO. Before we begin your whitening treatment, we will ensure your oral health is in good condition to reduce the chances of tooth sensitivity.

Contact us today to learn more about our whitening services at ADC Dental Group!


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