Does Teeth Whitening Hurt?

Teeth whitening is one of the most popular cosmetic dental procedures available today — and for good reason. In just one dental visit, teeth can be lightened up to eight shades, revealing a more radiant and attractive smile.

If you are considering teeth whitening in Longmont, you likely have many questions. One of the most common questions patients have about the procedure is: Does teeth whitening hurt? Here, Longmont dentist Dr. Amy Farmer shares the answer.

What to Expect during Your In-office Whitening Treatment

Teeth whitening with Dr. Farmer and our trained team of dental professionals is safe and effective. However, some patients may experience mild to moderate discomfort during and after the procedure, in the form of tooth sensitivity. Whether or not you experience discomfort from the procedure ultimately depends on whether you experienced tooth sensitivity to begin with.

If you have sensitive teeth or are concerned about experiencing discomfort during treatment, speak to a member of our team before starting your treatment. One of the perks of having your teeth whitened in-office is that the strength of the whitening agent can be adjusted. A member of our team can accommodate the amount and concentration of the agent to help you achieve a whiter smile as painlessly as possible. As an added measure, we will place a rubber shield over your gums to protect them from the whitening agent. Rest assured that we will do our best to make you feel as comfortable as possible during your teeth whitening treatment.

How to Manage Tooth Sensitivity Following Teeth Whitening

If you do experience tooth sensitivity in the hours and days after teeth whitening, there are several ways you can manage it. You can take over-the-counter pain medication to minimize discomfort. It is also a good idea to avoid hot and cold foods and beverages for a few days. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush to gently brush your teeth and use lukewarm water when rinsing. Try to breathe through your nose instead of your mouth as much as possible, as airflow on your teeth can increase sensitivity.

To learn more about teeth whitening, please contact Dr. Farmer’s dental office today. Schedule an appointment by calling (303) 776-1480.

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