Teeth Whitening

In the ever increasing race to be more beautiful and look your best in that “selfie” people are turning to teeth whitening as a way of making their smile more appealing and beautiful.  We need to be aware that in doing so there are some risks associated.  Sensitive teeth can and usually do occur after a teeth whitening session whether you do it at home or have it done by your local dentist.  The peroxide used in the whitening products causes sensitive teeth but don’t be alarmed as this is only temporary and soon you will be back to eating that ice cream and drinking that coffee in the morning without any discomfort.


How to Cope With Teeth Whitening Sensitivity
Whitening your teeth is one surefire way to boost your self-confidence and improve the look of your smile. It is also a rather simple procedure that can be accomplished either at the dental office or at your own home. The only downside to whitening your teeth is the sensitivity that sometimes develops. There are ways to combat this issue and still allow yourself to whiten your teeth and achieve that beautiful smile.

Although the exact cause of sensitivity from whitening is largely unknown, we do know that the properties of peroxide (one of the main ingredients in most tooth whitening products) has been shown to irritate the tooth nerve. This irritation or inflammation causes symptoms such as cold sensitivity and a tingling sensation.

Although tooth sensitivity with whitening is very common, it is usually of short duration, lasting typically 24-48 hours. Years ago, most teeth whitening products contained very harsh ingredients that were found to actually damage teeth and cause extreme sensitivity. Products have improved greatly since then and now use high quality ingredients that are gentler on your teeth.

Academy of General Dentistry. Why Are My Teeth Sensitive? Accessed January 9, 2012. http://www.agd.org/public/oralhealth/Default.asp?IssID=329&Topic=S&ArtID=1319