How painful is teeth whitening? How can it be more comfortable?
Debra Glassman (New York, NY) on Aug 5, 2011
Some whitening procedures that were done in the past created sensitivity. Now we can do fluoride treatments before whitening, and can use procedures that in our experience cause little, if any, sensitivity.
Christopher Baer (Aurora, CO) on Aug 5, 2011
Painful is always subjective. The sensitivity associated with tooth whitening is variable and we can never predict who will be sensitive and/or how sensitive they will be. The good thing is that the sensitivity is not permanent. There are ways to make it more comfortable, but it is based on a comprehensive evaluation of your mouth and looking for potential areas that could become very sensitive while whitening- such as areas of recession or areas where the root of the tooth is exposed. Sometimes you can use a sensitive tooth toothpaste prior to whitening or a fluoride gel and this will help prevent or minimize tooth sensitivity.
Les Latner (Los Angeles, CA) on Aug 5, 2011
To make tooth whitening more comfortable, take an ibuprofen before the treatment. This generally helps.
Kamini Talati (Port Saint Lucie, FL) on Aug 5, 2011
One of the most common side effects of at-home bleaching is sensitivity to cold. If teeth become too sensitive, I ask my patients to bleach their teeth every other day.