Teeth whitening is one of the best ways to rid yourself of unsightly tooth stains and yellowing, whether they’re caused by coffee consumption, smoking, or just the natural aging process. While whitening your teeth is completely safe and non-invasive, some patients do experience increased tooth sensitivity for a short period of time after treatment.
While this only lasts about 24-48 hours, it can be uncomfortable, particularly if your teeth are already somewhat sensitive. So, to help you get through this discomfort, the team at Aurora Dental Care has put together a list of the 5 best ways to help reduce post-whitening teeth sensitivity.
1. Use Toothpaste Formulated For Sensitive Teeth
If you get your teeth whitened at Aurora Dental Care, Dr. Tuanh Smith can provide you with special toothpaste that includes extra fluoride and potassium nitrate, which can help block the nerve impulses that cause sensitivity, and strengthens the teeth. If you can, it’s a good idea to start using this toothpaste several weeks before you have your teeth whitened.
2. Take Over-The-Counter Pain Medication
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medicines (NSAIDs) like naproxen, ibuprofen, and acetaminophen can help reduce the sensitivity of your teeth. Take a dose of one of these medicines immediately before or after your whitening appointment.
3. Don’t Brush Right After Your Appointment
Brushing immediately after your appointment can damage your enamel and dentin, because some whitening agents are high in acidity, and you could end up pushing these acids further into the structure of your teeth.
Brush right before your appointment, and don’t brush for 4-8 hours afterward. You may also want to consider using a soft-bristled, manual toothbrush, rather than a more firm-bristled toothbrush or an electric model.
4. Avoid Hot And Cold Food And Beverages
If your teeth are sensitive, a cold food like ice cream or a hot drink like coffee can cause you quite a bit of discomfort. For as long as your sensitivity persists, you should try to avoid extremely cold and hot foods. Your food and drinks don’t have to be lukewarm or room temperature, but you should take care to avoid big shifts in temperature.
5. Drink Using A Straw
In some cases, drinking liquids through a straw can be very helpful. You can bypass your teeth, which helps you avoid contacting the sensitive enamel and dentin. And, this way, you can drink beverages like tea, coffee or wine while avoiding new stains on freshly whitened teeth.
Avoid Discomfort By Following These Simple Tips!
Not everyone will experience sensitive teeth after they have a whitening treatment from Dr. \ Smith. However, these tips are sure to help mitigate any discomfort for those that do.
Interested in teeth whitening? Get in touch with Aurora Dental Care today!. We offer professional cosmetic dentistry services in Greenwood, Northgate, and elsewhere in Seattle. You can contact us for an appointment at (206) 729-0273, or come to our office for a visit at 10314 Greenwood Ave North, Seattle, Washington 98133.