Getting your teeth whitened can be an excellent way to improve your confidence as well as your appearance. While there are many treatments that you can get in your local big box store, it is recommended to get a whitening treatment done by your dentist like at Smiles for Health. This can ensure that the procedure is done correctly and properly. Now it is important to keep in mind even that if you choose professional teeth whitening from Smiles for Health, your teeth might still feel sensitive and uncomfortable after your treatment. So what should you do if your teeth are sensitive after teeth whitening? Well we have provided you with a few tips from our team.
1. Talk to your dentist about sensitivity before the procedure:
Whether you decide to go with an in-office teeth whitening or a professional take-home whitening kit from Smiles for Health, you should let Dr. Zorro know if your teeth are naturally sensitive before the procedure begins.
If you are someone who does have sensitive teeth then, Dr. Zorro might decide to whiten your teeth across a few appointments at our office, or may make changes to your take-home treatment plan to help mitigate sensitivity.
If you have sensitive teeth this might also be an indication of underlying oral health problems.So if you report that your teeth are sensitive then, Dr. Zorro might need to perform an oral exam to make sure your mouth is healthy before treatment can begin.
2. Avoid Consuming Extremely Hot and/or Cold Foods & Drinks:
No matter if you are getting an in-office whitening or during your at-home whitening treatment, you should consider avoiding extremely hot and cold foods and drinks after treatment. Heat and cold tend to be the top culprits when it comes to making tooth sensitivity worse.
You should avoid consuming ice-cold foods and drinks like ice cream and cold water, or even really hot foods and drinks like boiling-hot coffee. This will allow you to mitigate tooth sensitivity and feel more comfortable as you recover from the whitening procedure.
3. Consider Anti-Sensitivity Toothpaste & Brush Your Teeth Consistently:
You might consider switching to a toothpaste like Sensodyne during at-home whitening or after your in-office appointment at our offices. These types of anti-sensitivity toothpastes can contain compounds that help to reduce the severity of sensitivity, and are handy for providing relief from whitening-induced tooth sensitivity.
Also consistent teeth brushing is essential for relieving whitening-induced sensitivity. It’s thought that sensitivity occurs after whitening because the teeth weaken slightly, and brushing with fluoride toothpaste helps strengthen them and relieves sensitivity.
4. Taking OTC Pain Relievers to Help With Any Discomfort:
Taking NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) like ibuprofen, acetaminophen, and naproxen can help with tooth sensitivity after whitening. It is okay to take these drugs as directed by the label to help with sensitivity.
You can also use topical pain relievers like Orajel to help with sensitivity, but this is usually only necessary in patients who have especially sensitive teeth. Most patients will be just fine with over-the-counter pain relievers.
Come in today so we can assess your teeth and get you started on a whitening treatment as well as find a solution to your teeth sensitivity. Also ask us about our other services!