How to Navigate Teeth Whitening for Sensitive Teeth

Teeth whitening is safe and effective, and a terrific cosmetic treatment to brighten your smile. But, it can cause some sensitivity after treatment. While this is only temporary, it can cause a bit of discomfort at least for the first days following the whitening procedure.

So, with that in mind, there are ways to navigate the whitening process to minimize sensitivity and discomfort even if you have sensitive teeth.

What Causes Sensitivity After Teeth Whitening?

Sensitivity to teeth whitening can occur for a variety of reasons. First of all, whitening gels used can make the enamel on your teeth more permeable, which exposes the softer dentin layer containing nerves located in your teeth. 

Brushing your teeth after whitening instead of before the process, as recommended, can reopen pores in the teeth and cause more sensitivity. 

And, some whitening trays used can put force on your teeth that makes them temporarily sensitive, as well.  

Finally, the bleaching gels themselves that are used for teeth whitening can cause sensitivity or irritation if they make contact with your gums.

Tips to Prevent Sensitivity to Your Teeth Whitening Treatment

You can take some measures to minimize sensitivity to teeth whitening and reduce any discomfort. 

Tips to Reduce Sensitivity After Your Teeth Whitening Treatment

After teeth whitening you can also use these tips to reduce or shorten any tooth sensitivity you experience. 

Ready to Learn More About Teeth Whitening?

If you’d like to learn more about teeth whitening and how to manage any sensitivity to whitening products that can occur, or if you’d like to schedule a consultation for whitening or other cosmetic dental services, just reach out to us, today!