Why Are My Teeth Sensitive After Whitening?

For many people, the process of getting their teeth whitened can be very exciting. They get a bright smile that they can show off. However, some people who get their teeth whitened start to experience sensitivity afterward.

If you’ve experienced this problem yourself or you’re considering getting your teeth whitened but are worried about it causing teeth sensitivity, then this article will explain everything you need to know about this common side effect so that you can make an informed decision about whether or not it’s right for you!

Is this normal?

Yes, it’s normal. Sensitivity is a common side effect of teeth whitening treatments (although not everyone experiences it). The chemicals used to whiten your teeth can irritate or dry out your gums and/or mouth, which in turn causes sensitivity.

Will sensitivity go away?

It’s normal for teeth to be sensitive after whitening. The tooth enamel is thinned out during the process, which makes it more vulnerable to external factors like cold liquids and staining foods. Sensitivity can last from a few days up to a couple of weeks—but it will go away as the enamel hardens back up.

What can I do to relieve sensitivity after whitening my teeth?

There are a few things you can do to reduce tooth sensitivity after whitening your teeth.

  • Use a fluoride mouthwash, or toothpaste, or rinse regularly.
  • Switch to a desensitizing toothpaste, brush, and mouthwash to help your teeth get used to the sensitivity that comes with whitening.
  • If you have sensitive teeth before you start whitening, speak with your dentist before getting a professional whitening treatment so they can adjust the whitening formula accordingly.

Sensitive teeth are common after whitening and typically go away with time

It’s important to remember that sensitive teeth are common after whitening and typically go away with time.

You may experience some mild sensitivity for the first few days after your teeth have been whitened, but this should subside within a week or two. If you have more severe pain than this, talk to your dentist about it.

If you’ve whitened your teeth and are experiencing sensitivity, it’s normal. Just give it some time and follow our tips for relief. If your discomfort persists after a few days, contact the Marx Family Dental team who will be happy to advise on the next steps to take to reduce sensitivity in your teeth.

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