Getting your pearly whites whitened can help you feel like a new you, but every now and then the procedure leaves teeth feeling a wee bit sensitive. If this has happened to you, don’t worry: it’s a not unusual part of the process for numerous people. To lessen the sensitivity associated with teeth whitening, you have some options.
The first thing you should do is try using a sensitivity toothpaste. These toothpastes are made to numb and/or relieve sensitivity, and they contain chemicals such as potassium nitrate to do so. They usually cost a little more than normal toothpaste, but you should be able to revert to your normal toothpaste after using the sensitivity toothpaste a couple of weeks.
Some patients have had luck chewing gum. Studies show that chewing gum makes more saliva, and that spit can fortify your chompers, reducing sensitivity. Chewing gum might also be a powerful method to distract you from your uncomfortable chompers.
If you are noting uneasiness from in-home whitening and still using the whitening product, hold off on additional procedures for a while. Your chompers may need a break from the bleach in the whitening trays or paint-on gel adhesive before they’re ready for additional treatment.
Are you interested in receiving teeth whitening from professionals in the Pipestone, Minnesota, area? Dr. Mark T. Morgan and the staff at Pipestone Dental Center are teeth whitening specialists, and they’d like to help you achieve the smile of your dreams. Please give them a call at 507-825-5403 now to set up your next visit.