Reducing the Risk of Tooth Sensitivity During Whitening

Tooth sensitivity during or after teeth whitening in London is incredibly common. Most people find these effects are relatively mild and disappear after just a few hours as the teeth settle down. However this isn’t always the case, as some may find using bleaching products can worsen sensitivity and can exacerbate existing dental problems. Mild tooth sensitivity will only cause a brief twinge of discomfort that quickly passes, but it can also cause pain that can continue for hours. Taking over the counter pain killers is usually sufficient to deal with any discomfort, but obviously it is better to take precautions to prevent it developing in the first place.

Even in a healthy mouth, tooth whitening in London causes the tooth enamel to become more porous, which makes it easier for hot and cold foods to penetrate the teeth where they can stimulate the nerves in the center of the tooth, creating discomfort. This porousness is also the reason why dentists recommend following an all-white diet for a couple of days after whitening. But can anything be done to prevent sensitivity? The answer is yes, and much of the solution lies in approaching teeth whitening in the right way. It is a dental treatment, and while you may be able to buy all sorts of kits, the most effective and safest way is still to visit Dr Wyman Chan or another experienced dentist. Getting a dental check-up beforehand will allow Dr Chan to see if you have any existing problems that may increase sensitivity. These include:

  • Having teeth that are cracked, as the bleach is more likely to penetrate the nerves in the tooth. Small cracks in the teeth can open up when you bite down, making the problem worse.
  • Grinding your teeth, as bruxism increases the likelihood of chips and cracks in the tooth enamel. This condition can cause serious problems if not dealt with properly.
  • Gum disease can cause the tissue around the teeth to recede, exposing the root are of the tooth. This portion of the tooth is covered in cementum, a softer substance that is more easily worn away, exposing the dentine, increasing sensitivity.
  • Recent fillings or other restorations can increase sensitivity, as it can take a few weeks for the tooth to settle down after being treated.

If you have any of these conditions then Dr Chan may suggest you have dental treatment to remedy them before having your teeth whitened. The good news is that the teeth whitening systems used in the Smile Studio in London are developed to help minimise or eliminate tooth sensitivity completely, so your whitening experience should be pain free and pleasant. These treatments have been developed and researched by Dr Chan, and are used throughout the world. Unlike a lot of dental surgeries, Dr Chan doesn’t use visible light to help activate the bleaching gel, but instead uses thermal diffusion technology which is safer and more easily controlled.

Many people think tooth sensitivity during or after teeth whitening is just a fact of life. But a beautiful smile doesn’t have to painful, as a little preparation beforehand combined with high levels of expertise should keep things comfortable, and is well worth it.