Does tooth whitening hurt? Post-whitening sensitivity is a common concern. However, professional treatments are designed to take the sting out of this popular beauty treatment. If you have sensitive teeth, you may need to use a desensitizing toothpaste for a few weeks before your whitening appointment.
During the appointment, we can adjust the timing and intensity of the treatment to minimize sensitivity while maximizing results. Fluoride treatments can also be helpful for some patients. Fluoride helps remineralize the enamel, which makes it harder and better able to buffer the nerve of the tooth from painful sensations. Fluoride treatments are often used immediately after the whitening procedure.
The good news is that post-whitening sensitivity is usually limited and short-lived. Within a few days, your teeth will be back to normal but still have the beautiful white glow that makes you want to show them off. Rarely, dental damage can cause pain after whitening. For this reason, we recommend an evaluation before the whitening to ensure that your teeth are healthy and free of dental disease and that all your restorations are intact. Call us today to find out more or to schedule an appointment with our Los Angeles tooth whitening dentist.