Will my teeth be sensitive after tooth whitening?
Tooth sensitivity is the most common side effect from tooth whitening, and when it happens, it can last anywhere from 1-3 days.
It is important to understand that when done properly, tooth whitening causes no damage to teeth; the sensitivity is merely temporary.
It is important to let your teeth recover after whitening and do not brush your teeth, as it can further open the pores of the teeth to create more sensitivity.
The application of calcium-based densensitizing pastes, such as MI Paste can help plug up the open pores on your teeth and reduce sensitivity.
In addition, anti-inflammatories such as Ibuprofen can help with sensitivity if taken an hour before bleaching, and then afterward as necessary. As always, consult your doctor before taking any medications.