People have a few effective strategies they can use when they want to whiten their teeth and prevent their teeth from losing that bright, white appearance once it’s been regained. For a brighter smile, many individuals use whitening strips for whiter teeth. They can buy these products at many stores and don’t need to visit a dental clinic for great results. Of course, it’s essential to follow the instructions very carefully when there is no professional supervision.
A consideration with any whitening agent is the possible temporary side effect of increased sensitivity of the teeth. That’s especially important for anyone who already deals with a certain level of discomfort when eating or drinking hot or cold substances. It can be alarming when someone who has never experienced sensitivity is unaware that this effect is likely to occur.
Preventing This Side Effect
Avoiding this discomfort or increased sensitivity can be achieved by avoiding products that claim to produce very fast results or that have higher concentrations of the active ingredient. It’s better to start with a product that doesn’t claim miraculous results in one application. Gradual whitening with several applications may be less irritating to the teeth.
Gradual results also will look more natural, as a slow subtle change is less obvious than an abrupt noticeable one. Eventually, the person’s smile will be as bright as he or she wants.
Prevalence and Time Frame
Research indicates that about half the people who apply whitening strips experience this temporary discomfort afterward, which is due to the peroxide bleach in the product irritating the nerves. Even if this side effect occurs, it only lasts for a few hours to a few days. People who use the products do not report any significant disruption in their daily routines. Avoiding eating or drinking very hot or very cold substances during this time will help.
Individuals who drink dark liquids like coffee, black tea, red wine and cola are more susceptible to staining of the tooth enamel. If they don’t want to give up these beverages, they can expect to use whitening strips more often to maintain the rejuvenating effects.