What To Know About Teeth Sensitivity During A Whitening Procedure

Are you planning to have your teeth whitened and are worried about it making your teeth sensitive? This can happen to some people during the process or after it is finished, even if they did not have a problem with sensitive teeth in the past. If you have a history of sensitive teeth, whitening can even cause sensitivity to increase even more. Here are some things that you need to know about teeth sensitivity and dental whitening.

Stop The Process If It's Uncomfortable

If you are performing a treatment at home and feel like your teeth are very sensitive and uncomfortable, know that you can stop the treatment immediately before it starts to feel worse. If you are using professional-grade peroxide gel from a dentist, reach out to them to talk about your sensitivity. They may recommend an alternate type of whitening procedure if the gel is causing sensitivity that you cannot handle.

Never Leave Whitening Gel On For More Than The Recommended Time

There is a reason why there are time limits for how long to leave a whitening gel on your teeth because it can cause sensitivity. Unfortunately, some people think that leaving the gel on for a longer period of time is going to result in having whiter teeth or get the teeth to the desired shade in a shorter period of time. Always stick within the time limits to potentially limit your teeth sensitivity. 

Try Using Whitening Gel Every Other Day

If you are noticing sensitivity using at-home whitening kits, it is possible to reduce sensitivity by putting the gel on your teeth every other day rather than every day. Giving your teeth a slight break can help them feel less sensitive and help you get through it, even if the whitening process takes twice as long to perform. 

Switch To Using Sensitive Teeth Oral Care Products

Anyone starting a teeth whitening procedure should consider switching to a toothpaste and mouthwash made for sensitive teeth. There is some noteworthy science to how these products work by closing up the dentinal tubules that cause sensitivity. Having the added protection from your toothpaste and mouthwash can help you feel more comfortable by reducing sensitivity. 

Consider Finishing The Treatment Early

Don't feel like you need to use your whitening treatment products until the end of the recommended treatment. If you are happy with the results, don't push yourself by continuing to use the product. If you have sensitive teeth, continuing the whitening treatment will only make your teeth more sensitive.