One of the most common side effects of teeth whitening is increased tooth sensitivity, particularly if you choose to whiten your teeth with an over the counter product. Part of the problem with store-bought solutions is that the application trays are not customized to fit into your mouth. Even boil-and-bite mouthguards can allow excess whitening solution to seep onto the gums, increasing your risk for sensitivity and even causing sores on sensitive oral tissue.
While tooth sensitivity may not be completely eliminated through professional teeth whitening, it can be significantly reduced. The teeth whitening options offered by our Arlington cosmetic dentists are not only better able to produce consistent results, they are less likely to result in contact with oral tissue, minimizing your risk for sensitivity.
Dealing with Sensitivity
Increased tooth sensitivity cannot always be avoided following teeth whitening. However, sensitivity should only be temporary and should not result in any serious complications. You can help minimize sensitivity by avoiding extremely hot or cold foods and beverages in the first few hours after your treatment. You may also wish to use a toothpaste specifically formulated for sensitive teeth for a week or so after your appointment.
During your teeth whitening appointment, we will be happy to address any concerns you may have and discuss how to best reduce sensitivity.
To learn more about professional teeth whitening options in the Arlington area of Virginia, please contact Galleria Dental Aesthetics to schedule a consultation.