Brunette woman cringes in pain and touches her cheek due to tooth sensitivity

Does Teeth Whitening Cause Sensitivity?

Because a bright white smile is a summer accessory that’s always in style, there’s often an increase in teeth whitening treatments during the spring and summer months. However, some people experience tooth sensitivity when using teeth whitening products.

Tooth sensitivity is a sudden, sharp pain or discomfort that usually occurs when consuming hot or cold foods and beverages. Sometimes tooth sensitivity is a minor annoyance, while other times it is a painful experience that can negatively impact one’s diet and enjoyment of certain foods and drinks.

Improved oral hygiene, remineralizing fluoride treatments, and anti-sensitivity toothpaste can help mitigate tooth sensitivity.

Does Teeth Whitening Cause Tooth Sensitivity?

There are several causes of tooth sensitivity. For example, vigorous brushing with a hard toothbrush bristles, chronic tooth grinding, and a sugary diet can weaken tooth enamel and lead to sensitivity.

The use of teeth bleaching gels in whitening products may also lead to temporary tooth sensitivity. This most often occurs with store-bought whitening products that are not used under the direction of a dental professional. Tooth sensitivity associated with a teeth whitening treatment, whether at home or at the dentist, usually goes away after a few days. Please keep in mind that harmful DIY whitening treatments, such as concoctions of lemon juice or hydrogen peroxide, can result in permanent enamel damage and sensitivity.

How Can I Find a Comfortable Teeth Whitening Treatment?

Donald Kim, DDS, Family & Cosmetic Dentistry offers two convenient professional teeth whitening services: our quick in-office treatment or custom-made take-home trays. One benefit of in-office whitening services is that our team is with you every step of the way. This means that if you begin to experience any tooth sensitivity during teeth whitening, we can step in and adjust the treatment to your comfort. But no matter which option you choose, you’ll receive professional-grade products and a treatment plan designed to fit your individual needs and keep your teeth and gums safe.

To ask our team any questions about teeth whitening or our other cosmetic dentistry services, please contact us to schedule a consultation!


June 26, 2022 3:32 am
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