Have you ever experienced those nasty little sharp pains in your teeth after bleaching them? They can be crazy painful and yet, then there are people who don’t experience it at all. What’s up with that? Everyone is completely different in what they experience after they bleach their teeth, just like with anything else in life.
So, what makes those zingers happen? Our teeth have tubules in them which, if you can picture are something like the pores in our skin. When we bleach our teeth, the bleach seeps into those tubules and bleaches from within the enamel to get rid of stain. Sometimes due to this happening, it can increase blood flow to the pulp (living connective tissue and cells) of the tooth which can cause pressure and give you that twinge of pain.
Is this something to be concerned about? Not really. Well, let me clarify that — if you didn’t have this pain prior to bleaching, it’s nothing to worry about. The pain will go away. Once again, it depends on each individual person, but it can sometimes last for 2 weeks, even a month.
If you know that this sort of thing happens to you, there’s a couple things you could maybe attempt. Try taking ibuprofen before bleaching. You could also try to brush your teeth prior with a desensitizing toothpaste. These things may help, but you still might get those little annoying zingers. If you have a hard time with it, you could also just try something like Crest Whitestrips that has less of a bleaching agent than something you may get at your dentist. You won’t get the same results, but sometimes it works really well.
Bleaching your teeth can be a fabulous looking result for a lot of people and it is well worth doing. If you do have those bursts of pain, try what we suggested. If you are lucky, you won’t experience them at all. And then, your teeth will shine bright like a diamond!
Information compiled from Dr. Scott Frey/Frey Smiles Orthodontics and staff at Szmanda Dental Center 2014