Why do teeth hurt after whitening strips?

January 22, 2024 - toothbar - 0 comments

Millions of people, in pursuit of a more attractive and friendlier smile, use whitening strips as a convenience. Of course, no shortage of advertising promises consumers will experience a dazzling transformation. However, there’s a silent question that too often goes unnoticed. People will ask themselves, “Why do my teeth hurt after using whitening strips?” There’s more to dental sensitivity than most people are aware of. Physical, financial, and emotional results are something to consider.

The Ongoing Concern

Sensitive teeth and gums are an ongoing concern for people seeking that perfect smile. Quite often, whitening strips contain peroxide bleaching chemicals that can penetrate enamel in removing stains. Tooth enamel protects the teeth, and removing it can lead to discomfort and even pain from damaged collagen. Sometimes the discomfort is short-lived, but over a long period removing tooth enamel can take its toll.

Alarming Dental Statistics

It’s not hard to imagine the scope of possible dental problems when considering nationwide statistics. According to the American Dental Association, almost forty-two percent of adults are dealing with some form of dental discomfort. These numbers show the need for older and younger adults to get regular dental checkups. Without addressing dental issues, the following results are likely:

  • Dental discomfort can cause great physical discomfort for individuals. Whitening strips can often affect daily activities like drinking and eating. Ignoring the discomfort can lead to chronic pain, which can affect the overall quality of life. Teeth negligence can also lead to costly treatments in the future.
  • Americans spend billions on dental care each year. This reveals the importance of maintaining good dental health throughout a lifetime. Emergency dental visits, treatments, and purchasing products for oral care can sometimes dig deep into a person’s pockets.
  • Dental problems can also take a toll on a person’s emotions, mental state, and even their self-esteem. There’s a definite connection between oral health and mental well-being.

 

Conclusion

The question of why teeth hurt after whitening is an ongoing one. However, it does open the door to the broader conversation of why paying close attention to oral and dental health is so important. Without proper dental care, physical, financial, and emotional problems can build up. Plan for those regular check-ups, and contribute to your own bright, engaging, and warm smile. The professionals at Toothbar can help. Contact Toothbar downtown Austin to learn more about comprehensive teeth whitening, and cosmetic dentistry services. Call us at 512-949-8202.

Dr. Kimberley Barclay

Co-founder and owner Dr. Kimberley Barclay is actively involved in local and national dental societies, including the Capital Area Dental Society and Spear Education courses on cosmetic dentistry. She is also a member of the Seattle Study Club, one of the most advanced education groups for dental professionals.

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This content was fact-checked by Dr. Kimberley Barclay and Dr. Lauren Jacobsen following editorial guidelines. Dr. Kimberley Barclay is actively involved in local and national dental societies, including the Capital Area Dental Society and Spear Education courses on Cosmetic Dentistry. Dr. Lauren Jacobsen is an active member of the dental community and engages in further education and training through membership with a local chapter of the Seattle Study Club and Spear Education courses.

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