Tooth whitening can help you achieve a beautiful pearly white smile and get rid of any stains or discoloration you may have. It’s a safe and effective way for you to feel more confident about the way you look.
While tooth whitening offers many benefits, it does come with one noteworthy drawback, tooth sensitivity. This is because the majority of over-the-counter and professional tooth whitening products contain hydrogen peroxide as their active ingredient. Many people have teeth that are particularly sensitive to hydrogen peroxide.
If your teeth are sensitive to this ingredient, you may notice aching during and after the teeth whitening procedure and feel some discomfort when drinking cold or hot beverages. The good news is that tooth sensitivity after a whitening treatment is temporary and typically fades in 48 hours.
One of the easiest ways to reduce tooth sensitivity is to stay away from cold or hot beverages like coffee or iced soda and stick to plain water or any other drinks that are room temperature. You may also want to use a special toothpaste or gel designed for sensitive teeth.
In addition, it’s good idea to search for tooth whitening treatments with lower levels of hydrogen peroxide and shorter application times. Fortunately, there are a number of treatments available that meet this criteria.
Contact River Run Dental
If you’re concerned about tooth sensitivity after whitening, contact our office at (804) 262-1060. We can recommend the ideal treatment for you.