Protecting Tooth Sensitivity During Teeth Whitening

While teeth whitening offers numerous aesthetic benefits, some patients may experience tooth sensitivity during the treatment. It’s important to know that this occurs in less than 50% of cases and always ceases at the end of the treatment. This article aims to explore the causes of this sensitivity and how it can be managed or prevented.

What is Teeth Whitening?

Teeth whitening is a popular and completely harmless treatment for tooth enamel and gums when used under the supervision of an experienced dentist. It can improve the appearance of your smile by making your teeth whiter. Whitening agents, such as hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide, are used, which act by transporting oxygen through the enamel to the inner layer, the dentin (the darker part of the tooth); once inside, the oxygen is released and removes the colored particles of the tooth.

Why Can Teeth Whitening Cause Sensitivity?

Tooth sensitivity after whitening occurs when the oxygen in the whitening agents reaches the dentin, the layer beneath the tooth enamel, and stimulates the micro extensions of the tooth nerve. This sensitivity can manifest as mild pain or discomfort (always temporary) in the teeth, usually when consuming hot or cold foods or drinks. It rarely occurs spontaneously.

How to Prevent Tooth Sensitivity During Teeth Whitening

There are several measures you can take to prevent or minimize tooth sensitivity during teeth whitening:

1. Consult Your Dentist: Before undertaking any whitening treatment, it’s important to consult your dentist so they can examine the health of your teeth and advise you on the best whitening procedure for you.

2.Use Toothpaste for Sensitive Teeth: Some toothpastes are formulated specifically to reduce tooth sensitivity. You might start using one of these products a couple of weeks before the treatment. Products containing Potassium Nitrate have been proven excellent in managing or resolving dental hypersensitivity.

3.Avoid Extremely Cold or Hot Foods and Drinks: If your teeth are sensitive, avoiding very cold or hot foods and drinks can help prevent discomfort. At least during the course of the treatment itself.

4.Use a Straw: If you drink a cold or acidic beverage, a straw can help reduce contact with your teeth, limiting potential discomfort.

5.Maintain Good Oral Hygiene: Brushing your teeth at least twice a day and using dental floss can help keep your teeth healthy and less susceptible to sensitivity.

Managing Sensitivity After Whitening

If you experience sensitivity in the hours following the application of the whitening product, there are some things you can do:

– Continue using toothpaste for sensitive teeth.

– Avoid extremely cold or hot foods and drinks for a few days.

– Use products based on Potassium Nitrate provided by your dentist.

Conclusion: A Bright Look without Discomfort

Tooth sensitivity can be a side effect of teeth whitening, but with the right preventative precautions, it’s possible to achieve a whiter smile without particular discomforts. As always, the key is to work together with your dentist, an expert in cosmetic dentistry, to find the most suitable treatment for you.

Book a consultation with our expert Dr. Pier Carlo Frabboni at our studios by contacting our office in Bologna at 344-3433540 and in Faenza at 388-0576093.

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Poliambulatorio odontoiatrico monospecialistico
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Iscrizione ord. medici ed odontoiatri di Bologna n°726 del 05/04/1994

0546/21132 – +39 388 057 6093

Corso Baccarini n.15
48018 FAENZA

The Oral Atelier srl uninominale

Poliambulatorio odontoiatrico monospecialistico
Dir.Sanitario dr. Pier carlo frabboni
Iscrizione ord. Medici ed odontoiatri di bologna n° 726 del 05/04/1994

051/471964 – +39 344 343 3540

Via Toscana n.52
40141 BOLOGNA

Dr. Pier Carlo Frabboni

Studio di Odontoiatria ed Estetica Dentale Dr. Pier Carlo Frabboni
Iscrizione ord. medici ed odontoiatri di Bologna n°726 del 05/04/1994

0546/21132 – +39 388 057 6093

Corso Baccarini n.15
48018 FAENZA

info@piercarlofrabboni.com

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051/471964 – +39 344 343 3540
Via Toscana n.52
40141 BOLOGNA

Dr. Pier Carlo Frabboni

Dr. Pier Carlo Frabboni Dental and Aesthetic Dentistry Clinic
Registration with the Bologna medical and dental board n°726 from 05/04/1994

0546/21132 – +39 388 057 6093

Corso Baccarini n.15
48018 FAENZA

The Oral Atelier srl uninominale

Single-specialist dental clinic
Health Directorate dr. Pier carlo frabboni
Order registration Doctors and dentists of Bologna n° 726 of 04/05/1994

051/471964 – +39 344 343 3540

Via Toscana n.52
40141 BOLOGNA

Dr. Pier Carlo Frabboni

Dr. Pier Carlo Frabboni Dental and Aesthetic Dentistry Clinic
Registration with the Bologna medical and dental board n°726 from 05/04/1994

0546/21132 – +39 388 057 6093

Corso Baccarini n.15
48018 FAENZA

info@piercarlofrabboni.com