Teeth whitening is a great way to get a fresh and white smile. Many people end up with stains on their teeth due to drinking coffee, tea or soda pop. It is not unusual for adults in their 20s and 30s to have teeth that are starting to get a little bit brown or gray, and people in their 40s, 50s, 60s and on almost certainly have some teeth discoloration.
Fortunately, there are some great and easy ways to use teeth whitening kits to get rid of these stains. The problem is that the whitening can often cause serious teeth sensitivity. This article will provide you with easy ways that you can learn how to get rid of those sensitive teeth right after you whiten them.
How Does Teeth Whitening Work?
Some people get their teeth whitened at the dentist’s office, but you can also do basically the same procedures at home in the comfort of your own house. The principles behind how the whitening works in both cases are basically the same.
- Bleaching procedures change the color of your teeth by using hydrogen peroxide components to whisk away the stains from the surfaces of your teeth.
- There are also processes that use lights to whiten your teeth. The bleaching agents are simply activated by light.
- Finally, there are also some non-bleach, non-light whitening tactics that you can use as well. One of the procedures uses mild abrasives to get rid of the stains on the tops of your teeth mechanically. Little feelers run right over the surfaces of your teeth.
Why Does Teeth Whitening Cause Teeth Sensitivity?
The reason that you likely get sensitivity when you whiten your teeth is that the agents you are using have hydrogen peroxide in them. Different people often have different reactions to hydrogen peroxide. Some people are more sensitive than others.
The hydrogen peroxide uses a chemical process to whiten your teeth, and this may cause a sensitivity to hot or color drinks or foods, or it may simply cause a dull aching or pain in your teeth when you eat or drink. Either way, this is only a short term side effect of the whitening process, and it will definitely go away over time.
1. Use the Right Products to Prevent Sensitivity Due to Whitening
The best way to get rid of sensitive teeth or pain after teeth whitening is to prevent the sensitivity from occurring in the first place.
- There are certain whitening products that are specifically designed to be used on sensitive teeth. Choose these products over the general products if you know that you will have sensitive teeth due to whitening. Most products have this option in their line of whitening kits.
- In addition, you can alter the directions for the products you are using. For example, if your whitening kit tells you to whiten your teeth for 30 minutes a day 7 days in a row, you might consider altering this plan to 20 to 25 minutes a day every other day for 14 days. The effect will basically be the same, but you will spare yourself that painful reactivity.
2. Stop Drinking and Eating Especially Hot or Cold Foods and Drinks
While your teeth are sensitive from the whitening, make it a point to stop consuming hot and cold drinks and foods. This will help to reduce pain and sensitivity. Don’t worry, you will only have to do this for a day or too because the sensitivity will eventually go away.
- The warm or hot foods and drinks that you will want to stop eating and drinking include hot lasagnas and casseroles, hot chocolate, tea, coffee, soups, stews, pizza and other hot meals.
- The cold foods and drinks that you will want to stop eating and drinking include soda pop, water and alcoholic drinks that are very chilled or have ice in them. You should also stop eating and drinking ice cream, shakes, popsicles, frozen desserts, flurries, frozen drinks and other cold foods.
- You can replace these cold and hot foods and drinks with room temperature items. For example, drink juice, water or milk at room temperature. For meals, eat sandwiches, crackers, cheese, fruits, salads or other medium temperature food items.
3. Take Measures to Stop the Teeth Sensitivity
In addition to avoiding these foods and drinks that are especially hot or cold, you may want to consider taking some other careful measures with your usual oral routines.
- Choose a toothpaste that is especially designed for sensitive teeth. There are many to choose from online or at your local drug store.
- Orajel is an over the counter product that is especially designed for sensitive teeth. In fact, Orajel and other products like it are actually numbing gels. You can apply these gels or creams to the areas of your mouth that are really sensitive, and the product will numb them so that you don’t have to feel that uncomfortable sensitivity.
- You might also want to consider using a soft bristle toothbrush and stopping the flossing during this time. Hard bristles on your toothbrush and a flosser or floss will be too hard on your teeth and will cause too much pain.
4. Protect Your Teeth By Never Using Harsh Teeth Whiteners
Finally, remember that if you are using any teeth whitening product or kit and you experience pain, discomfort or sensitivity, stop using the product immediately. If you notice this discomfort while the train or gel is still on your teeth, take the tray or gel out right away. The discomfort will only increase. Do not try to power through it. In some cases, the discomfort is a sign that the products are not food for your teeth.
You don’t have to have gray and brown teeth just because your teeth are sensitive. Everyone deserves to have a bright, white smile that makes them feel good about themselves. A smile can be very important when it comes to looking your best. Simply use the information and advice found here and you will have the most comfortable and whitest teeth ever!
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