Tooth sensitivity is a common side effect of tooth whitening. Whether it's from store-bought brands or professional dental whitening, most whiteners come with the risk of temperature sensitivity. However, when you rely on a dentist for your cosmetic needs, you can count on this sensitivity being a temporary issue. We can't make the same claim when you whiten on your own.
This shouldn't be a deterrent for patients looking for professional whitening. The symptoms are typically mild, and only a portion of patients report significant sensitivity.
For those patients, we have some options to improve their whitening experience.
Is Tooth Sensitivity Bad?
The nerves inside the tooth become heightened, responding much more to the sensation of temperature change, causing patients to feel discomfort when they drink or breathe. It is harmless, and the good news is that this sensitivity is only temporary, typically lasting only a few days.
What Can I Do About Tooth Sensitivity?
If you are worried about overly sensitive teeth after your whitening treatment, there are some things you can do to mitigate the sensitivity and reduce its impact on your day-to-day life.
- Avoid foods and drinks that are hot and cold
- Use an anti-sensitivity toothpaste for several days before the whitening and for several days afterward
- Consider our at-home treatments for a more mild and gradual whitening that causes less sensitivity in teeth
- Anti-sensitivity medication may also be available to patients with high levels of tooth sensitivity
Tampa, FL Teeth Whitening
Are you looking for a local Tampa area dentist who specializes in creating picture-perfect smiles? Carrollwood Village Dental provides for all of your whitening needs, whether it's a professional in-office cleaning or an at-home whitening kit you cannot buy in stores.
If you are interested in learning more about how we can brighten your smile, contact us today.