Some patients can be a little sensitive to whitening treatments and may hesitate to get it done. If it is something that you want, however, there are some ways to help reduce sensitivity so that you can get the beautiful white smile you’ve been wanting.
Switch Your Toothpaste
If you are whitening your teeth with a whitening treatment, it may be a good idea to use a different toothpaste than you usually would. Opt for a toothpaste that is designed for those with sensitive teeth, and use that for at least 48 hours. It helps to leave a little bit sitting on your teeth for a few minutes after you brush as well. Contact your dentist, as they can probably prescribe or recommend the perfect toothpaste.
Be Gentle When Brushing
Use a soft-bristled toothbrush, and be sure not to apply too much pressure. This is a good practice to have in general, but it is especially important after whitening your teeth. Use lukewarm water versus cold water when brushing, as the cold may add to the sensitivity.
Avoid Extreme Temperatures
You may notice that your hot coffee in the morning or cold ice cream after dinner increases sensitivity. It is best to try your best to avoid extreme temperatures for at least 48 hours after whitening. If you have to have your morning coffee, use a straw to reduce the amount of heat that is applied directly to your teeth.
If you are experiencing extreme sensitivity after your whitening treatment or sensitivity that lasts more than 48 hours, contact your dentist so that they can help you create the best plan of action. If you are looking to get your teeth whitened or are wanting to make an appointment due to teeth sensitivity, contact us so we can get you set up.