How to Reduce Sensitivity After Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening is a safe way to improve the color of your teeth. And in modern dentistry, there are actually several types of teeth whitening options from professional teeth whitenings to even over-the-counter solutions.

If your teen wants to get their teeth whitened, you’re likely a bit worried about what that process will do to their teeth. You may be wondering if it’ll cause tooth sensitivity. 

Keep reading to find out how to reduce sensitivity after teeth whitening!

Why Does Teeth Whitening Make Your Teeth More Sensitive?

While teeth whitening solutions can make your teeth more sensitive, this is a temporary outcome. In general, tooth sensitivity from a whitening will go away within a few days to a week. Here are some reasons why tooth sensitivity heightens after a whitening treatment:

  • Whitening gel can make the tooth enamel temporarily more permeable;
  • Gum irritation following treatment;
  • Teeth whitening trays can put pressure on the gums and teeth.

It’s highly unlikely for teeth whitening solutions to lead to permanent tooth sensitivity or other damage. Though if you’re still concerned about permanent tooth whitening, it’s best to see a dentist and get a professional tooth whitening treatment as the entire process will be closely monitored.

How to Reduce Sensitivity after Tooth Whitening

If you want to reduce the temporary sensitivity caused by tooth whitening from home, you can:

  • Avoid acidic foods and drinks, such as oranges or coffee, as these can irritate the mouth further;
  • Opt for foods and beverages that aren’t too hot or cold two days after your treatment;
  • Brush your teeth with a soft-bristled brush and don’t apply too much pressure;
  • Choose a toothpaste designed for sensitive teeth;
  • If the tooth sensitivity persists after a few weeks, check in with your dentist.

How Does Tooth Whitening Work?

Tooth whitening products use a special gel substance that contains peroxide. When this chemical comes into contact with the teeth it whitens them a few shades. 

If your teen wants to get a teeth whitening treatment, we have several options at our practice. You can either opt for an in-office treatment where Dr. Jason Brock can instantly brighten teeth up to a few shades in just one visit, or choose an at-home treatment where Dr. Brock will create custom teeth whitening trays that will gradually whiten teeth over a few weeks. We also offer at-home kits that, as opposed to over-the-counter ones, are stronger and completely safe for teeth.

Is It Safe for Teens to Whiten Their Teeth?

When done correctly, teeth whitening is perfectly safe for teens! The general conditions for teeth whitening are to have all your adult teeth and have good oral health.

If you want to know whether tooth whitening is right for your teen, Dr. Jason Brock is happy to see you for a consultation.

To get started, please book an appointment at Big Picture Pediatric Dentistry online, or call our office at (281) 461-7470 to find out more about how we can help.

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