Tips to Deal with Sensitive Teeth after Teeth Whitening

The outermost enamel covering of the tooth easily picks up stains. As a result, the teeth undergo discolouration and lose their natural brightness. Teeth whitening offers the best solution to help the teeth regain their brightness. This cosmetic dentistry procedure can be performed both in-chair (or at a dentist’s office) and at home. Home teeth whitening kits are readily available across the London supermarkets. 

One of the unwanted side-effects of this treatment is teeth sensitivity. Nearly 80% people suffer from this problem. Considering this, our private dentist at Dental Clinic London shares some tips, which will help you avoid the problem of post-whitening tooth sensitivity.

Choosing between bleaching and non-bleaching agents

Considering the high commercial prospect, varieties of whitening products are available in the market. But all these products can be broadly categorised into two groups, namely:

  • Bleaching products or agents and
  • Non-bleaching agents

Usually, bleaching products contain a powerful, active ingredient named carbamide peroxide, which breaks down to hydrogen peroxide and urea. This range of whitening products is useful to remove both intrinsic stains that are rooted deep down in your tooth and extrinsic stains that are on the surface. 

Non-bleaching teeth whitening agents – on the other hand – are made from less powerful ingredients to remove only the surface stains. A qualified dentist can administer whitening products in a dental office or can also recommend one to use to home. 

However, you’re also free to buy your chosen whitening product available over-the-counter at neighbourhood chemist shops. 
The problem of sensitivity

The problem of sensitivirty usually occurs on using the peroxide base bleaching products. You’re likely to feel the problem at the time of undergoing the procedure or later. When your teeth are sensitive, they respond readily to hot, cold, sweet and sour foods and drinks triggering a short but sharp pain. This happens because hydrogen peroxide penetrates through your teeth’s outermost enamel layer and exposes the nerves present in the dentin layer beneath. 

As far as you’re not using any peroxide base bleaching agent, the chances of suffering from teeth sensitivity is minimal. However, the same whitening product may have different results on different patients, depending on the nature and condition of their teeth. 

Seeking relief from the problem

Usually, teeth sensitivity resulting from commercially manufactured teeth whitening products is temporary. The problem gets resolved automatically after you stop undergoing the bleaching treatment. 

In order to minimise the unpleasent sensation to the teeth, oral health experts providing professional teeth whitening treatment suggest the following tips:

  • Select a whitening product with lesser concentration of bleaching agent.
  • Wear the tray for shorter durations.
  • Don’t whiten the teeth too often nor for extended time periods.
  • Avail desensitising treatment from the best private dentist in London if you feel the inconvenience is unbearable.
  • Avoid hot, cold, sweet or sour foods and drinks for a few days after your whitening treatment.

Follow these tips and much of your problem will be solved on its own.