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Managing Whitening Sensitivity

Some people may experience increased tooth sensitivity whilst having their teeth whitened. Most often, this sensitivity is temporary and treatable, so it's important to talk to your dentist before, during, and after your whitening treatment so they can understand and treat your sensitivity issues on an individual basis.

Before you begin any whitening treatment, you should undergo a whitening consultation with your dentist to determine your oral health, level of sensitivity and whether a professional dental prophylaxis is required. Once your dentist has established your sensitivity level—usually by a touch and air test—they'll be able to determine which whitening treatment will be most comfortable for you.

Prewhitening Sensitivity

If you have a history of sensitivity or test positive to touch or air exam, your dentist may recommend you take the following steps to help reduce sensitivity ahead of the whitening treatment:

  • Brush with Opalescence® Sensitivity Relief Toothpaste for two weeks
  • Wear tray with UltraEZ® desensitizing gel for 15–60 minutes

Sensitivity During Whitening

Some people who do not have a history of sensitivity may develop some level of sensitivity during their whitening treatment. If you develop sensitivity during your whitening treatment, your dentist may suggest additional treatment options:

  • Reduce wear time
  • Change from night wear to day wear
  • Skip a day or more of whitening
  • Brush your teeth with Opalescence Sensitivity Relief Toothpaste
  • Place UltraEZ desensitizing gel into tray and wear for 15–60 minutes before and/or after whitening
  • If your gums become sore, contact your dentist