At Solterra Dentistry we know that getting those sparkly white teeth from our state of the art teeth whitening equipment might leave you with some questions when you leave our office. While we are always here to answer any of your questions we hope that this page can help answer some of those quick questions that may come to mind regarding tooth sensitivity after your whitening appointment.
Your teeth may hurt after a whitening procedure for several reasons. Most notably due to the chemicals used to brighten your smile. The powerful bleaching agents that penetrate your enamel to deliver the sparkly smile of your dreams do have a side effect of leaving your teeth sensitive for a few days.
These chemicals are completely safe for the average person and we ensure that you have healthy teeth before any whitening procedure. If you have any concerns, always feel free to call and discuss your options.
After getting your teeth whitened it is very common to feel a tingling sensation or slight sensitivity to cold or hot foods and beverages. If you are experiencing pain after teeth whitening there are a few solutions to helping ease the pain:
We don’t mean avoid consuming anything but after leaving your appointment give your teeth some time to respond to the treatment and avoid eating or drinking extremely hot or cold foods and drinks, especially those that are highly acidic.
Seems simple but bypassing your teeth can help you get past the initial pain after a treatment, especially if you are craving something very hot/cold or acidic!
Using a softer toothbrush will help your teeth recover and heal after a whitening treatment.
Using special toothpaste such as Sensodyne or any other toothpaste that is specialized for tooth sensitivity.
Make sure you aren’t using water that’s too cold or too hot when brushing your teeth, as well as brush in a circular motion. If you are unsure, schedule a hygiene appointment with us today and one of our amazing hygienists will walk you through the proper teeth brushing technique.
As with any dental emergency or pain that you may experience, don’t hesitate to call us! We are always here to answer your questions and ensure that you are happy with your experience.
Now that we know how to manage tooth sensitivity, what if we need to get a quick fix for tooth sensitivity after a whitening appointment? While there aren't any foolproof ways to immediately solve this, there are a few tactics that may get your teeth back to feeling normal a little quicker than usual.
Always consult your dentist, pharmacist, or physician before taking any medication, including over-the-counter variants.
Due to the chemicals in bleach trays and other whitening equipment, it is usually wise to wait a few hours before brushing your teeth. This will help your teeth recover and not be as sensitive as the pores in your enamel will be vulnerable and brushing your teeth will only add to the distress.
This brushing solution outlined above may provide some temporary relief and get past the first day of tooth sensitivity without feeling much discomfort.
If you frequently experience tooth sensitivity it could be wise to start using desensitizing toothpaste for a few weeks prior to your appointment to help counteract the heightened sensitivity of a whitening procedure. If you are extremely prone to tooth sensitivity be sure to mention it to your dentist as they may be able to use potassium nitrate in your whitening trays to reduce sensitivity.
As always, be sure to consult your dentist or doctor before taking any actions to be sure that you are a good candidate for teeth whitening, and can safely handle any side effects that may come.