Can You Have Teeth Whitening Treatment With Sensitive Teeth?

September 5, 2022

This is one of the most common teeth whitening questions we get! Sensitive teeth can be a daily irritant for suffers. People with sensitive teeth often stay away from teeth whitening treatments as they are concerned it will aggravate their already tingling teeth.

Even if you experience sensitivity, don’t worry, teeth whitening is still an option for you.

What Is Tooth Sensitivity?

Do you ever have a short, sharp pain in a tooth when it is exposed to a stimulus? Then you have experienced tooth sensitivity. Some examples of stimuli include:

  • Hot food or drink
  • Cold food or drink
  • Cold air
  • Gentle touch like the touch of a toothbrush or dental floss.

The pain or sensation normally goes away after the stimulus is removed. If the discomfort is always present, then it is more likely tooth decay rather than sensitivity.

What Causes Sensitive Teeth?

Teeth often become sensitive when the outside layer of teeth that provides protection is worn away or lost. This protective layer, called enamel, can be worn away to expose the dentin underneath. Dentin has nerve endings in it, so when it is exposed it can result in pain or tingling.

Can I still have my teeth whitened?

Since The Smile Bar’s teeth whitening system is completely non-invasive, it does not cause any side effects like pain or tooth sensitivity. Some customers have experienced a very mild tingling sensation after the treatment, but this is completely natural and it disappears on its own after 24 hours.

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