How to Reduce Sensitivity After Teeth Whitening

How to Reduce Sensitivity After Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening has become a popular cosmetic dentistry practice for anyone who wants to enhance the appearance of their smile. 

However, many patients are surprised to notice a bit of pain and discomfort after the procedure. Don't worry! These symptoms are normal and will go away on their own in a matter of days. But, there are ways to speed up the recovery period and make your teeth feel normal quickly. 

Why Are My Teeth Sensitive After I Get Them Whitened? 

There are a few reasons why you may feel some discomfort after getting this cosmetic dental procedure at our Spartanburg dental office: 

  • Tooth Enamel Sensitivity

Because the whitening solution can make your tooth enamel more porous, this can lead to enhanced sensitivity. 

  • Whitening Trays 

Some whitening trays can put pressure on the teeth, making them feel more sensitive.

  • Gum Sensitivity 

The solution used for whitening might cause gum irritation, making them feel more sensitive. 

Tips to Prevent Teeth Whitening Sensitivity 

You can actually prepare your teeth and gums before the treatment and alleviate the discomfort you will feel by:

  • Using desensitizing toothpaste for around ten days before the treatment. 
  • Using a gel. Apply it to your gums following the instructions and rinse thoroughly with water. 
  • Using pain medication before your treatment. 

Tips for Reducing Discomfort after Teeth Whitening 

  • Do not drink very hot or cold beverages; the same goes for food. This needs to be followed for a few days after the treatment, depending on how your body reacts. Remember: your teeth and gums will be sensitive. 
  • In order to avoid irritation, stay away from acidic foods and drinks.
  • Be gentle while brushing your teeth and use a soft-bristle toothbrush. When rinsing, use lukewarm water.
  • Use fluoride dental products as they help your teeth to remineralize which helps the tooth nerve block the pain. 
  • Use a straw to drink and prevent the liquid from spreading all over your mouth and teeth. 

As you can see, there are ways to minimize the symptoms that can result after a teeth whitening procedure. We encourage you to talk to your dentist for more details. 

Superior Dental Care from Skylyn Dental Associates in Spartanburg

At Skylyn Dental Associates, we give each patient a high level of attention and personalization. You are not just another set of teeth that we need to treat, but a person with unique needs that should be addressed accordingly. 

We are committed to providing superior dental care to anyone visiting our Spartanburg practice. Whether it's for preventive dentistry or cosmetic dentistry, we have state-of-the-art tools to offer premier services. 

Contact us today and schedule an appointment with us for any oral condition you may be experiencing. Our care and dedication will be put into both diagnosing you and giving you the best treatment available. 

How to Reduce Sensitivity After Teeth Whitening