Does teeth whitening make your teeth more sensitive?
Teeth whitening is one of the most affordable and safe ways to improve the appearance of your teeth. With all of the information out there and the towering wall of products in the toothpaste aisle at the grocery store, how can anyone ever know which product will work without causing pain or sensitivity?
If you have gum recession or have had sensitivity in the past, we recommend you speak with Dr. Kromrey so you can avoid the many products that can make it worse. Actually, this is great advice for everyone. Each person is different and Dr. Kromrey is knowledgeable in all types of teeth bleaching – both professional and over-the-counter.
Products That Can Cause Sensitivity
- Abrasive whitening toothpastes
- Mouth rinses with peroxide
- Whitening gel in a generic tray that doesn’t fit well
- Gel that is too strong
- White strips that come into contact with gums
We offer a comprehensive teeth whitening program in our Lake Worth dental office that incorporates both in-office and take-home options. We can adjust the strength of the whitening product or the duration of treatment to make teeth whitening more comfortable.
Desensitizing Dental Treatments
Desensitizing treatments also help. These can range from toothpastes to before-whitening gels that make teeth more comfortable and help you avoid those zings of sensitivity that can happen when you become over-zealous with treatment.
The good news is that teeth sensitivity is temporary and will subside with time. You could also take an anti-inflammatory pain reliever to give you comfort until you feel better.
Last of all, don’t rush it! Take a day or two between treatments to recover before your next session.
If you would like more information about teeth whitening and you’re in the Lake Worth area, give us a call!