Does Teeth Whitening Hurt?
Teeth whitening isn’t painful. You shouldn’t even notice it’s happening, except for the fact that you have a whitening substance on your teeth.
Some people experience some tooth sensitivity after whitening, particularly to cold food, drinks, or air. Thankfully, we can take steps to significantly lessen or even completely eliminate any sensitivity.
What Kind of Results Can I Expect from Teeth Whitening?
With professional teeth whitening, you can expect tremendous results. Many people achieve a brightness that’s eight shades lighter after a Zoom! whitening session. You can achieve similar results with professional at-home whitening trays. However, this process is a bit slower, and it can take some weeks to achieve your whitening goals.
Who Shouldn’t Whiten Their Teeth?
Not every patient is a good candidate for teeth whitening procedures. Some whitening contraindications include:
- Dental decay
- Active periodontal disease
- A gum or tooth infection
- Thin enamel
- Cracked teeth
- Intrinsic staining (staining inside the tooth)
Fortunately, there are remedies for many of these situations. For instance, if we remove dental decay, repair cracked teeth, or treat your infections, you may be eligible for teeth whitening.
What if you have intrinsic staining? This is a common scenario in patients who have had a root canal because the nerve of their tooth has died. In this situation, we can perform a dental procedure in which we whiten the tooth from the inside out.