Why Are My Teeth So Sensitive After Wearing Whitening Strips?

Today, it seems that whitening strips have become more popular than ever before. It only makes sense because who wouldn’t want a beautiful smile, if you can achieve it from the convenience of your home? After all, a brighter and whiter smile not only makes you look great, but also makes you feel great too!

However, with whitening strips, it is possible that you may experience some minor discomfort or sensitivity during the process, which is actually quite common. Many over-the-counter whitening products contain hydrogen peroxide as an active ingredient, which can cause sensitivity. In fact, some whitening products may even contain higher concentrations of peroxide, which can lead to greater sensitivity.

What can help with my sensitivity?

First, try not to eat or drink any foods or beverages that are extremely hot or cold, these temperatures can irritate the teeth causing sensitivity. This also means when you’re brushing your teeth it would be best to use lukewarm water!

Second, if you’d like to continue with your whitening routine, try to reduce the wear time of your whitening strips. You can even try using your strips every other day or every two days, to give your teeth a break in-between. Switching to a toothpaste meant for sensitive teeth like Sensodyne can also help to limit sensitivity since these toothpastes contain special ingredients made to help sooth the nerve endings in the teeth. Additionally, you can check for the amount of peroxide that your whitening strips contain. It is possible that the concentration of peroxide could be too high for your teeth, so it may be in your best interest to try a different product with a lower concentration.

Will the sensitivity go away?

After you’ve finished with using your whitening strips, your sensitivity should subside away after a few days. If sensitivity seems to continue, you should speak with your dentist since sensitivity can also be an indicator for other oral health concerns.

Additional Questions?

If you have any other questions or concerns about sensitivity or whitening products, please contact River Run Dental Spa today so that we can provide you with the information that you are looking for.