Ever since I started regularly whitening my teeth they have been sensitive. My appointments at the dentist have been painful too. Is this a result of the whitening or is something else going on?
While teeth whitening can make your teeth sensitive for a day or two, it shouldn’t last longer than that. The ingredients in the teeth whitening gel open the tubules in your teeth, making them more porous. This is an advantage for whitening your teeth, but can cause them to be a bit sensitve as mentioned above.
You can avoid this somewhat by taking an over-the-counter pain reliever before getting your teeth whitened and throughout that day.
This shouldn’t be much of a problem except for people who get “addicted” to teeth whitening. They end up doing it so often the teeth never have time to calm down, making them permanently sensitive and damaging the enamel on their teeth.
Unless you are whitening more often than necessary, this shouldn’t be a problem for you.
Dealing with Sensitive Teeth
If the sensitivity is unrelated to prolonged whitening, it’s time to visit your dentist. They can check your enamel to make sure it’s not thinning. They can also give you a fluoridated mouthwash which will help.
You want to switch to a toothpaste designed for people with sensitive teeth and make sure you have a soft bristled tooth brush.
Your dentist and hygienist should be more sensitive during this time for you. If they don’t take into consideration how your teeth are feeling, you should look for a dentist who advertises as a gentle dentist.
This blog is brought to you by Fountain Valley Dentist Dr. Tammy Tran.