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Does teeth whitening hurt?

Updated: Dec 21, 2018

This article looks at teeth whitening and whether the teeth whitening procedure hurts. As with all walks of life, you generally pay for what you get and with a professional dentist, there should be no significant pain level. Teeth whitening is a non-invasive and non-surgical treatment but during the teeth whitening process itself you may feel minor discomfort. At The Gap Dental Practice, this will involve taking a mould of your teeth so that the teeth whitening process itself is as accurate and contained as possible.


As teeth whitening can be an expensive procedure, more and more people will look for cheaper alternatives and sadly, with cheaper treatments the potential for poor dentistry work and the ensuing pain and or infection rises. Teeth whitening kits are becoming prolific – often with huge online discounts – but again buyer beware, you pay for what you get and these self-whitening teeth kits can often be unregulated, not fully tested and lead to longer term issues.


Here at The Gap Dental Practice, we provide a teeth whitening kit that is coupled with our extensive dentistry skills to mould a perfect impression of your teeth into a custom-fitted tray for self-whitening in the comfort of your home.


Post Teeth Whitening Sensitivity

Where some people may find discomfort from teeth whitening is the sensitivity that may affect some after the procedure. This should not be long term, but it can be known for patients to feel mild discomfort or sensitivity after the procedure for a few hours. As many teeth whitening procedures involve a chemical process to whiten the teeth, ensuring that active compounds are only applied to the teeth and not the gums is essential, something we cover with the mould we create on behalf of our clients.


Can Tooth Whitening Solve All?

Teeth whitening is not a one-stop solution for all. Dentists will be able to determine how successful teeth whitening may be given your lifestyle and the existing condition of your teeth such as crowns and the like and in some cases, there may be negligible benefits from considering teeth whitening.


It all starts with a consultation, talk to The Gap Dental Practice on 07 3300 1277 to see how we may be able to help.




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