Teeth whitening treatments have seen a rise in popularity but the pursuit to getting those pearly whites can have some side effects when you don’t use the right treatment so be careful of false ads. Sensitivity after teeth whitening is a common side effect whether it’s professionally done or not. But, it can be a rather discomforting one because it means that you won’t be able to enjoy food and drinks that are too cold, too hot, or too sweet. However, you don’t have to suffer to get that beautiful Hollywood smile, and there are various tips that you can follow in order to minimize sensitivity after teeth whitening.
First of all, a week before your teeth whitening treatment, start brushing your teeth with a sensitive toothpaste or gel. This will help your teeth build up resistance to sensitivity and definitely make the discomfort you’ll have to go through a lot more bearable.
After the treatment, be very careful and gentle when you brush your teeth. Use warm water instead of cold to rinse, and prefer a soft toothbrush. In addition, make slight changes to your diet and don’t drink anything hot or cold for the first couple of days after the treatment. Abstaining from tea and coffee will not only minimize the pain but also prevent your pearly whites from staining.
Of course, if the pain is too much, you can try taking pain relievers. However, be sure to consult your doctor before taking any medication.
Keep in mind that the higher the concentration of the bleaching product you’re using, the more severe the tooth sensitivity it might cause. Therefore, especially if you’re undergoing home whitening treatment and are completely in control of the situation, use a lower concentration of the product. It’s also very helpful to use desensitizing agents a few minutes before and after every treatment.
The method that will certainly reduce the sensitivity is using whitening products that don’t contain hydrogen peroxide since this is exactly what’s making teeth extra sensitive. Such a whitening will only remove the stains on the surface of the teeth but, in many cases, this is more than enough.