Whitening treatments are one of the easiest ways to improve your appearance. Your smile will be brighter, more beautiful, and more confident. It may also be more sensitive. Not everyone will experience teeth whitening sensitivity, but some folks do.
Don’t let a fear of sensitivity keep you from whitening! Fortunately, dental sensitivity rarely lasts long. There are also ways to minimize it. We’re sharing several tips for doing so with you here.
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You can receive in-office whitening treatments at our Lumberton, TX office, or we can provide you with professional supplies for whitening at home. Either way, your smile will look terrific!
- November and December (so you’ll look great at holiday parties)
- February (to give yourself a boost at the tail end of winter)
- April (to prepare for graduations, weddings, and other spring events)
- August (to start off the school year with a bright smile)
Will I Experience Teeth Whitening Sensitivity?
Teeth whitening is one of our most popular cosmetic services – and for good reason. It’s a fast and affordable way to improve your smile. Not everyone will experience teeth whitening sensitivity. But your teeth may tingle or become sensitive to temperature extremes if you have a sensitivity to hydrogen peroxide.
The products we use contain a higher concentration of hydrogen peroxide than drugstore products. That means they get your smile brighter, and in less time. But they may also cause temporary sensitivity.
Here’s How to Lessen Dental Sensitivity
Whether you choose an in-office whitening treatment or professional supplies you can use at home, our dentists will examine your teeth to make sure they don’t have any small cracks, cavities, or other issues that can lead to extreme sensitivity or even pain. The first step in avoiding teeth whitening sensitivity is to ensure your teeth are in good shape.
In addition, you can take these steps:
- Do What the Directions Say – We know you want your teeth to be as white as possible. So you may be tempted to use the bleaching gel more often or keep it on your teeth longer than recommended. Stick to the directions for the best results.
- Take a Break – If you do experience tingling or a similar reaction, give yourself a day off between whitening sessions.
- Avoid Temperature Extremes – Consuming very cold or very hot substances may cause teeth whitening sensitivity. As much as you can, stick to room temperature food and beverages for a day or two after whitening.
- Use a Gentle Touch to Brush – Vigorous brushing always has the potential to make teeth sensitive, but especially if you’re whitening. Always use a soft-bristled toothbrush and a gentle touch when brushing. You may also want to use a toothpaste for sensitive teeth.
- Take a Pain Reliever – Take an over-the-counter pain reliever like acetaminophen or ibuprofen before gel is applied.
- Ask About Fluoride Treatments – If your tooth enamel is thin or weak, you’ll be more susceptible to teeth whitening sensitivity. We can apply fluoride to strengthen your enamel. As a bonus, this will also make your smile more resistant to decay.
Ready to take advantage of our offer for $100 off in-office whitening? Call Family Dental Care at 409-206-1763. If you’d prefer, you can choose home whitening instead. Either way, your smile will look great!