Smiles at Fairfax Corner
4210 Fairfax Corner Ave W, Ste 220, Fairfax, VA 22030
For many patients, teeth whitening is a great way to get rid of unsightly stains and get a smile that looks whiter, brighter, and healthier.
However, some patients do experience sensitivity after teeth whitening treatments.
This sensitivity often comes and goes, though it can especially happen when the teeth are exposed to air, or hot or cold temperatures. The sensations are referred to as “zingers” and may last a couple days after the treatment.
During a teeth whitening session, the whitening agent enters the tooth enamel. Whitening agents contain peroxide, which can irritate the nerves in the teeth and cause some sensitivity.
The teeth remain porous for a short time after the treatment, so the patient may experience sensitivity that should last a few days at most.
Tooth sensitivity after a whitening treatment is not indicative of tooth damage; it simply means the nerves in the teeth are reacting to the treatment.
The sensitivity is temporary, but there are a few things patients can do to feel more comfortable in the meantime.
Many patients experience only minor sensitivity after teeth whitening and find that the results of their treatment are well worth the temporary discomfort.