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How to Prepare Sensitive Teeth for Whitening Treatment


Many patients interested in whitening their teeth feel limited by sensitivity. A common problem, tooth sensitivity can make bleaching treatments uncomfortable, even painful. Fortunately, our experienced dentists offer brightening options that minimize or even eliminate sensitivity, including ZOOM!® and Spa Dent Naturals. Additionally, we can offer advice on how to best prepare for teeth whitening, regardless of the method you use.

First, let’s discuss what causes tooth sensitivity during whitening. While there are many theories, many dentists attribute the discomfort to peroxide. Found in many brightening products, peroxide can irritate the tooth nerve, causing the tingling and radiating pain associated with tooth sensitivity.

There are several ways to help combat tooth sensitivity, including:

  • Taking Advil® or Aleve® before receiving a whitening treatment or applying product
  • Using a product with a lower level of peroxide (usually between 6-10%)
  • Avoiding cold drinks and foods while whitening
  • Using fluoride rinses and sensitivity toothpaste
  • Using a soft-bristled toothbrush when cleaning your teeth

The right approach for you will vary, so you may have to experiment a little to find what works best for you. Additionally, our skilled team can tailor your treatment to reduce the chances of developing sensitivity. You don’t have to give up your dream of having bright, beautiful teeth because of your sensitivity. Talk to us today to learn more.