Why Does Whitening Hurt?

If you’ve ever whitened your teeth, there’s a good chance you’ve experienced that feeling of ache and sensitivity afterwards. Some of the most common side effects associated with dental teeth whitening techniques include:

  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Gum irritation
  • Sore throat
  • Uneven whitening
  • Thermal sensitivity (a response to hot and cold temperature variations such as those created by foods and beverages)
  • Sensitivity to air (like when you breathe through your mouth)
  • This happens when products are used that dehydrate the teeth (usually because of UV light which causes a lot of heat on the teeth) or that contain strong peroxide gels that are acidic in nature and can cause the enamel to be weakened. The sensitivity can either last for an hour or for multiple days after the treatment.

That sounds terrible.

Good thing we use a whitening product that has NO sensitivity — it uses Blue and Red LED lights with no UV, and it's full of natural ingredients like aloe (to soothe), xylitol (to naturally sweeten and remineralize enamel), and more. You can learn more about it here if you'd like.

I love answering questions about whitening—give me a call and we can talk through options for you!