Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Teeth Whitening Sensitivity

Teeth whitening is great for anyone who is looking to brighten their smile! Before you decide to start any whitening treatments you should consult with your dentist to make sure you are a good candidate.

If you are a candidate for teeth whitening, ask your dentist what they recommend doing before you make your appointment. Some dentist will ask you to use a certain toothpaste and mouthwash for about 2 weeks prior to your appointment to help relief sensitivity during and after the treatment. Other dentists might recommend something different, or nothing at all.

One thing you might not know or be told is you may have very sensitive teeth after your treatment. Sensitivity can last a few hours up to a few days. The problem is each patient reacts different to the treatments. 

What causes tooth sensitivity after the treatment?

One cause of tooth sensitivity may be the bleaching agent getting on the gums and other soft tissues near a tooth.
Another cause of tooth sensitivity after teeth whitening are the dentinal tubules. Dentinal tubules are little holes in the dentin layer of the tooth that are linked to the dental pulp within the tooth. This explain how teeth are sensitive to heat and cold. The whitening agents can cause the tubules to become completely exposed (this is a temporary condition, by the way), making teeth hypersensitive.
I have had my teeth whitening twice, once with the Zoom and once with the Venus. From my two experiences, I will most likely never get a professional whiting treatment again, due to the horrible sensitivity
During and After the treatment I was experiencing major sensitivity. I keep getting sharp "zings" (started in the 3rd phase of the treatment) and they lasted until I went to bed. In the morning I felt great!
Aside from the pain, my teeth where so pretty!
Have you had any professional whitening done? If yes, Please share your experience.

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