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Will Teeth Whitening Leave My Teeth Sensitive?

July 6, 2021
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Posted By: Dr. Keith Polizois
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Because daily food and drink consumption tends to yellow and darken our teeth over time, many of us turn to teeth whitening to lighten our smiles and restore that youthful sparkle into our teeth. 

Since teeth whitening is fast and can take years off your appearance almost instantly, it’s easy to see why so many people continue to choose this treatment. If you have particularly sensitive teeth or are prone to pain in your teeth and gums, however, you may wonder if teeth whitening is right for you or if it has the potential to cause you any discomfort. 

Sensitivity in Professional vs. Drugstore Teeth Whitening Treatments 

Teeth whitening gels contain strong ingredients meant to lift stains from your teeth. Sometimes, these ingredients can cause irritation if they seep onto the gum tissue or even lead to sensitivity and soreness on tooth surfaces. 

Tooth sensitivity is a common side effect for many patients after teeth whitening treatments, but the important differentiator is that safe teeth whitening should not leave your teeth sensitive for long. 

Professional Teeth Bleaching in Annapolis, MD

Professional, supervised, and customized teeth whitening should never leave your teeth permanently sensitive. When you choose professional teeth bleaching, you may experience mild and temporary sensitivity that lasts for a few hours after each whitening session, but these symptoms should quickly subside and will not have a lasting effect on your smile.

At Chesapeake Bay Dentistry, we choose to use custom whitening trays with take-home syringes full of whitening gel so you can whiten your teeth from the comfort of home. Dr. Polizois prescribes the strength of whitening gel that’s best for your smile goals and that is least likely to irritate your gum tissue or cause you discomfort. 

Store-Bought Teeth Whitening

However, with over-the-counter teeth whitening kits, your results and potential side effects have less of a guarantee. 

Because drugstore teeth bleaching kits take a one-size-fits-all approach to their treatment, the ingredients inside them may sometimes be too strong for some patients’ teeth and gums. There is no way to control or customize the strength of whitening gels that come from a box, which means they can potentially damage your enamel or leave you with lasting tooth sensitivity if misused or worn for too long. 

For these reasons, it’s always best to whiten your teeth professionally with the help of an Annapolis dentist if you’re worried about any lasting sensitivity. 

Learn How to Get Whiter Teeth Without Sensitivity

To learn more about the teeth whitening services we offer at Chesapeake Bay Dentistry, please call us today at (410) 266-8250.

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