Sensitivity during or after a teeth whitening treatment is extremely common. Some people experience the discomfort to such a severe degree that they may completely swear off whitening products altogether. Our cosmetic dentist, Dr. Jerry Strauss, is here to offer advice on how to prepare for a whitening treatment to minimize the discomfort that results from tooth sensitivity.
Although the exact culprit for tooth sensitivity is unknown, it has been found that peroxide, a popular ingredient in tooth whitening products, can inflame the tooth nerve. As a result, many people experience sensitivity to cold temperatures as well as an unpleasant tingling. To help reduce the discomfort experienced from a tooth whitening treatment, you can try the following:
- Follow the provided instructions, and don’t whiten more than the recommended time
- Reduce frequency of whitening, possibly to every other day
- Take a pain medication prior to the whitening treatment
- Limit food and drink that are cold or hot through the duration of your treatment
- Use a fluoride rinse or sensitivity toothpaste to help protect teeth
Should you opt for an in-office teeth whitening, Dr. Strauss can also offer a desensitizing agent to help you feel more comfortable throughout the process. For more information about teeth whitening, please contact Aesthetic Dental Care of New Jersey to schedule your appointment.