There are two main teeth whitening options at the dental office – professional in office whitening and whitening trays and gels.
You may also supplement with over the counter whitening strips, toothpastes, and/or mouth rinses.
Whitening may not be for everyone. If you tend to have sensitive teeth or areas of recession, whitening may irritate those areas causing heightened sensitivity and discomfort. Sometimes after professional whitening you may feel more sensitive than usual. Symptoms are temporary and ibuprofen, aspirin, or Tylenol may be taken as needed. If you find that you still have sensitivity more than 3 days after or if the pain is progressively getting worse, please contact your dentist. Additionally, if you are using custom whitening trays and gel at home, try skipping a few days. This will not affect the whitening process.