Teeth Whitening Myths
Tooth Health - 28th Feb 14
What you need to know about Teeth Whitening
Teeth whitening, or any process that will make your teeth appear whiter, is one of the most popular aesthetic dental treatments. But will you experience sensitive teeth after whitening and is it safe? Here are some truths and untruths about this popular process.
Common Teeth Whitening Myths
Teeth whitening can do irreversible damage to your nerves and that's why it’s sometimes painful
While many people experience sensitive teeth after whitening, this pain is usually temporary and will stop after treatment.
You should use stronger teeth whitening agents if you want to reduce treatment time.
Teeth bleaching products contain peroxide, which at higher concentrations can cause sensitive teeth. Not only that, but because individual teeth respond to bleaching at different rates, there’s no guarantee your teeth will get whiter faster.
At home and OTC teeth whitening products are risk-free.
With at-home and OTC teeth whitening products, you run the risk of selecting or using an inferior product, incorrectly applying it, or overusing it. Overusing a teeth whitening product or using an inferior product with low pH can result in enamel damage (one of the causes of sensitive teeth).
Because it's temporary, there's no need to treat your sensitive teeth while whitening.
Toothpaste containing potassium nitrate, a "nerve calming" ingredient, should be used before, during, and after teeth bleaching to help manage sensitivity.
Take the Sensodyne® Online Check Up
Do hot, cold, and sugary foods sometimes cause sudden, sharp pains? You may have tooth sensitivity. Take the Sensodyne® Online Check Up to find out about sensitive teeth and the products that can help you.