I have Sensitive Teeth After Whitening, is that Normal?
HOW TEETH WHITENING WORKS
Those channels are connected to the nerves of your teeth. When the chemicals enter them, your teeth may become more sensitive to hot and cold foods, as well as extremely sharp or sour foods. You may also notice that your teeth react to pressure being put on them. Dentists refer to this condition as dentinal hypersensitivity.
Dentinal hypersensitivity is extremely common, affecting more than one in two people. Even if you’re not having whitening treatments, your teeth may react.
WHAT CAN I DO ABOUT DENTINAL HYPERSENSITIVITY?
If you would prefer to prevent the pain from hypersensitivity, consider preparing for your treatment. Switching to toothpaste for sensitive teeth several days before treatment can help. Depending on the brand you choose, your toothpaste either covers the channels in the enamel or desensitizes the nerve ends.
You can also change how you’re using your whitening kit. Try shorter, more regular sessions to limit your exposure to the bleaching agent.
Once you’ve had your treatment, ask your San Francisco or Sunnyvale dentist about gels to reduce sensitivity or specific kinds of toothpaste that will help soothe your teeth. Avoid foods and drinks that trigger a reaction or use a straw for particularly cold drinks.
Nothing can replace a bright smile when it comes to connecting to others and building your self-esteem. If you’re worried about sensitive teeth after teeth whitening, try preparing for your sessions and talk to our team for personalized recommendations.