Pain is beauty, and beauty is pain, right? After all, cosmetic procedures, even minor ones, are supposed to be uncomfortable. That way, you know they were worth it.
That kind of thinking is outdated, especially when it comes to the discomfort generally associated with teeth whitening. In addition to there being ways you can avoid pain while getting the smile you’ve always wanted, you also don’t have to spend a fortune and commit to hours of bleaching per day.
Read on for some tips on how to deal with tooth sensitivity after whitening, so you don’t have to avoid the process and stay looking stained.
What Causes Tooth Sensitivity After Whitening?
There are several factors that might be contributing to tooth sensitivity after a whitening treatment, including home treatments.
- You just had your teeth cleaned prior to beginning your whitening treatment- this can cause sensitivity by itself- cleaned teeth have been scraped and buffed.
- The whitening solution can get on your gums and soft mouth tissue and cause irritation.
- Your dentinal tubules can become more exposed after whitening, making your teeth sensitive to hot and cold temperatures. FYI- exposed tubules are a temporary effect, so no worries.
You can see that the causes of tooth sensitivity make sense. It’s also not a serious problem that can be resolved easily.
What Can You Do?
Thankfully, the solutions are very easy to implement, and you don’t need to do any research to find the remedies. Here are a few tips:
If you know you’re going to be whitening your teeth, either at your dentist’s office or at home, try building up some resistance to sensitivity prior to the full treatment protocol by brushing with a sensitive teeth toothpaste. Aim to do this for a week prior to starting your treatment.
You can also ask your dentist for a prescription toothpaste or gel that’s designed to minimize sensitivity. BE GENTLE when brushing, and use lukewarm water.
Leave the sensitive teeth toothpaste in your mouth for a few minutes before rinsing. This will give it more time to work.
You can also apply some of your sensitive teeth gel or paste in your whitening trays for 20 minutes after your treatment. This is a great way to really get an effective layer of paste on to your teeth.
Avoid extreme temperatures in food or drink, and you might want to avoid citruses for a little while, too. You can always drink through a straw for the duration of your treatment.
If your sensitivity gets way out of control, you might need to consult with your dentist for some other options or ideas, including anti-inflammatory painkillers. But always talk to your doctor or dentist prior to doing that.
And that’s it! Easy to implement, right? These tips are sure to have your tooth sensitivity feeling much better, in no time.
Are You Ready to Start Whitening?
Tooth sensitivity after whitening can be a real obstacle to actually getting a whitening treatment, but it doesn’t have to be an issue anymore.
Now that we’ve dispelled some of your fears surrounding tooth sensitivity, check out our products and page to see what we do and how we do it. That way, we can give you the amazing smile you’ve been wanting.