It is common for sensitive teeth to become irritated during teeth whitening treatments, but with proper preparation, discomfort can be minimized. Before you embark on your teeth whitening treatment, our dentist, Thomas J. Strub, DDS, suggests the following:
- Use a specially formulated toothpaste for sensitive teeth (we recommend Sensodine® or PreviDent 5000 Booster®) daily for two weeks before whitening.
- Use a fluoride rinse daily for two weeks prior to whitening.
The active ingredients in the fluoride rinse and toothpastes can fortify sensitive areas of the teeth against penetration by the whitening gel. Potassium nitrate and fluoride essentially fill tiny channels in the teeth, soothing and blocking tooth nerves from uncomfortable stimulation. If these products do not provide the relief you require you may want to consider an in-office fluoride gel tooth desensitizing treatment.
If you experience any discomfort during or after teeth whitening you can also use your sensitive toothpaste to fill the whitening fill trays and apply them to the teeth for relief. For future treatments you may want to use less whitening gel in the tray to minimize the potential for tooth irritation.