Does Teeth Whitening Hurt?
Teeth whitening is among the most popular cosmetic dentistry procedures, with good reason. It is highly effective in producing a brilliantly white smile and the results are instantly visible. If you’re looking for a quick way to get ready for your high school reunion, wedding, or other special event, teeth whitening is the ideal solution. Some patients are concerned about tooth sensitivity after bleaching treatments.
“When performed properly by an experienced cosmetic dentist, teeth whitening is very safe, effective, and painless,” explains Dr. Elliot Koschitzki of Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry. “There are plenty of over-the-counter teeth whitening products available that may have unpleasant effects like tooth sensitivity. But here in the office, we only use the safest whitening treatments for our patients,” adds his colleague, Dr. Nick Augenbaum.
OTC whitening products vs. professional whitening
The process of teeth whitening itself isn’t necessarily what causes some dental patients to experience discomfort. Rather, discomfort can arise due to increased sensitivity to extremes of temperature, such as drinking very hot or very cold beverages. This short, sharp pain may also be triggered by consuming sweet foods or using aggressive brushing techniques. It occurs when the hydrogen peroxide used in teeth whitening penetrates through the enamel of the teeth and exposes the sensitive nerves in the dentin. Pain from teeth whitening may also occur as a result of the irritation of the delicate gum tissues exposed to bleaching agents.
Sensitivity and pain are more commonly associated with over-the-counter whitening products. These products often need to be left on the teeth for a longer period of time than do professional treatments. Furthermore, OTC mouth trays are not custom-fitted to the patient’s teeth. This increases opportunities for the bleaching agent to escape the tray and irritate the gums.
In contrast, when patients go to a cosmetic dentistry office for professional teeth whitening, the dentist can perform a thorough examination and fully assess the patient’s unique needs. Among other steps, the dentist can perform a “touch and air” test to evaluate which type of teeth whitening treatment would be most appropriate for the patient. They can also offer guidance on how to minimize tooth sensitivity after the treatment, such as using special toothpaste and gentle brushing techniques.
Safe, professional teeth whitening in Long Island
Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry is a leading provider of teeth whitening treatments in Suffolk County. Dr. Nick and Dr. Elliot have invested in the latest dental technology, including Sinsational Smiles, which is a teeth whitening gel that is activated by light therapy.
Our cosmetic dentistry treatments also include custom dental trays that you can take home and use at your convenience. Because of the extra attention paid to each patient’s unique needs, our team can ensure superior comfort throughout the teeth whitening process. Call our office at (631) 296-0609 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Nick or Dr. Elliot today.