Professional teeth whitening services are extremely popular, our Tumut dentist is frequently answering queries about this cosmetic treatment. A common question many people ask is how to cope with temporary tooth sensitivity resulting from teeth whitening. If you’re also wondering, here are some teeth whitening tips for dealing with sensitivity afterward (and how to reduce it where possible).
1. Follow your dentist’s instructions to a tee
Teeth whitening solutions may only be a minimally invasive procedure but it is important to keep in mind that they are cosmetic dental treatments. So, be sure to closely follow the dentist’s instructions during the procedure and after-care advice to minimise your chances of severe sensitivity or any other issues afterwards. Starting with this blog before your teeth whitening consultation is definitely a good idea!
2. Avoid hot or cold temperatures
Stick to room temperature drinks and food after your teeth whitening treatment. Hot or cold temperatures are a surefire way to trigger sensitivity, so stop icing your drinks at least for a few days. It can actually help to use a straw and avoid touching your teeth with beverages as much as possible. Remember this when brushing your teeth, keep the water lukewarm or at room temperature.
3. Use a gentle, sensitive toothpaste
Teeth whitening products used by dentists contain bleaching agents such as hydrogen peroxide. It is, of course, diluted and only used in small quantities but for many patients, it will cause a minor reaction such as teeth whitening sensitivity. For this reason, it’s generally recommended that patients avoid using whitening toothpaste (which also uses similar products) and instead go for more gentle options such as sensitive toothpaste after teeth whitening treatments. You don’t want to overdo it with the bleaching agents used on your teeth during this time.
4. Use a soft-bristled brush
In addition to using more gentle, sensitive toothpaste, it is ideal that you also use a more gentle brush for teeth cleaning. A soft bristle toothbrush is most suitable for use after getting teeth whitening treatment. When it comes to technique, be sure not to brush too hard or use too much pressure on your teeth during this time.
5. Take topical painkillers
If the sensitivity is making you uncomfortable at work or at home, you may use topical, over the counter painkillers for relief. Follow the instructions and limits as mentioned on the packet, or as prescribed.
6. Go easy on yourself
Most patients experience some level of sensitivity following a teeth whitening treatment but the good news is it usually subsides completely in a day or two. If you find yourself leaning into stress, take a deep breath and be easy on yourself. This will pass.
7. Contact a professional if pain persists
In saying that, if you have taken the above measures and the sensitivity is worsening, causing you pain or is persisting after 48 hours take no chances and contact our Tumut dentist for emergency dental care and advice. You may be experiencing a reaction that requires urgent treatment. This is very rare and we will do everything we can to treat the pain and ensure a smooth recovery.
Learn More About Professional Teeth Whitening in Tumut
If you are interested in teeth whitening treatment or cosmetic dentistry to achieve a whiter and brighter smile, book a consultation with our dentist in Tumut. If you have any queries about teeth whitening costs, payment options, or concerns about sensitivity, ask our friendly team over the phone at (02) 6947 2359 or visit our practice today to learn more information. At Tumut Dental, we are here for you.