A lot of sites doing teeth whitening reviews, even the manufacturers of these products often ignore the fact that a lot of people have sensitivity problems. Teeth whitening for sensitive teeth can be a fairly painful experience. A good unbiased review should tell who should use that product and who shouldn’t. But in many cases, this is not the case.
Teeth whitening can be tricky and sometimes even painful for people with sensitivity problems if not done correctly. But this does not mean that teeth whitening for sensitive teeth is not possible without experiencing significant pain.
People with sensitive teeth often opt for professional teeth whitening solutions with a belief that this will cause them less pain. While it is true that experienced dental expert advice can be helpful but the same level of painless teeth whitening can be achieved for sensitive teeth with over the counter products. Yes, you read right, what I’m saying is true. I’ll explain in minutes.
But let’s first find out what causes the sensitivity and pain at the first place. There can be several reasons behind sensitivity during teeth whitening. Even people with no prior records of sensitivity can experience considerable pain during the process. I wouldn’t go deep into what causes sensitivity in general as you could easily get that information here or by searching and many of you might already know. I’ll rather explain what causes sensitivity during teeth whitening.
Teeth whitening is in other words, teeth bleaching. So it can sometimes result in decay of enamel layer of your teeth and cause sensitivity. For people already suffering from sensitivity, well you might have to go through severe pain in cases as the enamel on your teeth is already damaged. Most of the teeth whitening products contain peroxide (the bleaching agent) that does damage enamel if used incorrectly. Many believe the damage is not repairable which is not true. If you have already tried an teeth whitening product and now dread that your teeth is irreversibly damaged, please relax.
What to do if you feel mild sensitivity during teeth whitening
This is a pretty common thing to happen. Don’t panic and do the following-
- Check the peroxide level in the product you are using, regardless of the fact what kit you are using. It’s usually all the same for teeth whitening strips and teeth whitening gel. If it’s anything above 20%
Option 1: Stop using it, go for something milder (like 10%) and this should solve it
Option 2: If the pain is bearable, use a toothpaste for sensitivity like Sensodyne Pronamel Gentle Whitening Toothpaste after applying the teeth whitening solution. It should help reduce the pain and is at the same time, a teeth whitening toothpaste.
- If the peroxide level is below 20%, you should go for something below or around 8%. Yes there are milder solutions like this available. Crest whitening strips come with strength levels printed on the box. The levels range from 1 to 5, lower being milder. Choose your option wisely.
- If you are still feeling pain, keep them on for shorter durations and use for a longer period of time to achieve the desired level of whitening.
What to do in case of severe pain?
First you would want to get rid of the pain and this should help. Well you might just need to repair your teeth a bit. Use a toothpaste with high fluoride to strengthen the enamel, do fluoride rinses and then try the product starting from point 2 mentioned above. I’ll update with more tips for high sensitivity after doing some research.
Best teeth whitening for sensitive teeth
Read teeth whitening reviews and look for their instructions for sensitive teeth. If you don’t find any, look for another one. Specially look for peroxide levels before purchasing to make sure that you are going for a safe teeth whitening product for your sensitive teeth. The one that does not cause you pain but at the same time works is the best teeth whitening product for you, it’s as simple as that.
Some recommended product would be zero peroxide line of product and low strength teeth whitening strips from Crest.
So you see that it is completely possible for people to go for over the counter teeth whitening products without suffering much. This is cost effective and time saving. I really hope this read is helpful for you.