Why does zoom teeth whitening hurt

Whitening pain

Table of contents on the subject of whitening pain

The most common question I have been asked by email so far is whether bleaching causes pain. The answer is as short as it is banal: yes and no. The inoffice bleaching itself is actually always painless. However, it can happen that you experience pain after bleaching or (with home bleaching) while wearing the splint. These pains are usually short and sharp. In this case it is mostly just a matter of hypersensitivity, which can arise during the whitening process. In this case, the whitening should be interrupted. Even if pain occurs shortly after home bleaching, a certain rest period should be planned between this point in time and the next application. During this time, the teeth can remineralize. Drinking milk can also be beneficial during this time as the calcium is beneficial. As already mentioned, these pains usually pass after a few minutes or only appear briefly for a few hours at irregular intervals. They are usually not strong!

But whitening can also cause severe pain. Especially if no check for tooth decay and / or periodontitis has been carried out in advance. In the case of tooth decay, the whitening agent can get onto the focus of inflammation and into the tooth. This can cause severe pain. In the case of periodontitis, the whitening agent comes into contact with the focus of inflammation and can also cause severe pain there. A visit to the dentist in advance should be a must!

Home whitening pain

There is usually no pain whatsoever with professional whitening by a specialist. It can look different with home bleaching, since other means are used and you do not have the same practice as the professional. The pain is sharp, but fortunately only brief. A visit to the dentist is not necessary if it subsides a few days later or immediately and does not cause any further problems.

Aching teeth immediately after whitening

Teeth whitening is a procedure that is not overly gentle. In the process, stored dyes are withdrawn from the tooth, which always represents a low level of stress. After the treatment, the teeth need to remineralize and recover from contact with the bleach. They may look slightly see-through during this time, but don't worry if the condition improves over time. During the recovery phase, the teeth are often sensitive to heat and cold, so it is better not to put too much strain on them and to use gentle food that is not difficult to chew. You can help your teeth by drinking a glass of milk from time to time, which can also be warm when the cold is uncomfortable. Milk contains many important substances that help the teeth to rebuild their substance.

Toothache from whitening

If used incorrectly, whitening can cause teeth to sore and suffer long-term damage. You are at least somewhat weakened with every treatment, even if it is done professionally. However, you can then take care of your teeth and treat them properly so that such damage cannot occur. However, if the means used in bleaching are too strong or not used correctly, the substance of the teeth can be permanently damaged. That alone leads to the fact that they become sensitive and you can no longer chew everything without pain, as you used to know. In the long term, however, caries bacteria settle in the oral cavity and quickly find a point on the tooth where they can accumulate. Its weakened substance allows them to quickly penetrate the protective enamel and reach deeper layers where they cause damage. In the event of long-term pain, you should therefore always consult a dentist. The dentist can initially take measures to enable the teeth to undergo medically meaningful, effective rehabilitation. But he can also detect tooth decay in good time before unpleasant pain or lasting damage to the tooth or the entire tooth support system occurs, which has been caused by bleaching.

So my advice: if you want to whiten your teeth, you should be aware that pain can occur, but you don't have to be afraid. In most cases there is no pain either. Even if they do, they are usually weak and only present for a short time. However, if there has been no check for tooth decay and you feel severe pain from the bleaching, you should visit a dentist as soon as possible. Whenever the pain is severe or has existed for a long time, this falls out of the proverbial framework. A visit to the doctor is then essential!