Is Teeth Whitening Painful?

Teeth whitening treatments have become a popular choice for those wishing to brighten their smile. The procedure is considered to be safe, although patients can experience some discomfort during or after the procedure.

Professional whitening treatments performed in a dental office often produce tooth sensitivity or gum irritation. The sensitivity is caused by peroxide contained in the bleaching agent, which dehydrates the teeth and makes them sensitive. A desensitizing agent can be applied to the teeth during the procedure to minimize the risk of tooth sensitivity. If you do experience tooth sensitivity, it usually goes away within a day or two.

If you are concerned about tooth sensitivity, discuss your options with your dentist. Some professional treatments have a higher risk of sensitivity than others. If you already suffer from sensitive teeth, an over-the-counter whitening treatment may be better for you, since these products contain a significantly lower concentration of peroxide. It is important to follow the directions carefully though, and only use for the length of time indicated on the package. Overexposure to the whitening agent can also produce sensitivity.

If you are considering a whitening treatment to improve your smile, our expert in teeth whitening in Beverly Hills can help you find the treatment that is best for you. Contact our office to schedule a consultation.

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