Does Teeth Whitening Hurt?

Submited by Sonoma Smiles on September 11, 2017

Dr. Wayne Sutton, an esteemed dentist in Rohnert Park, receives numerous inquiries about teeth whitening treatment from people that want to get rid of surface stains and brighten up their teeth. Some prospective patients are concerned that teeth whitening treatment will be an uncomfortable or even painful experience.

The degree of discomfort and sensitivity depends on the technique and products used (as well as how the teeth respond to treatment). But anyone considering professional teeth whitening should feel reassured: dentist-supervised teeth whitening treatment with Dr. Sutton is not painful.

Do Over-the-Counter Products Cause Discomfort?

Before getting into the details of what dentist-supervised teeth whitening entails, let’s explore why at-home teeth whitening with over-the-counter products can be a less-than-comfortable experience.

Over-the-counter whitening kits usually involve sticky strips or poorly fitting stock trays that are filled with whitening gel. The strips can become slippery or loose, and the whitening gel can leak out of the trays because they are not molded to the teeth. In both scenarios, the whitening gel can reach and possibly irritate the gums and soft tissues of the mouth.

Another drawback of at-home whitening with over-the-counter products is that without a dentist to supervise treatment, it may be difficult for the user to control the amount or concentration of the whitening gel. A higher concentration of whitening gel can lead to discomfort and, in the worst cases, permanently damage the teeth.

Gentle Teeth Whitening Treatment with Dr. Sutton

Now that you have a clearer idea of what can happen with drugstore whitening products, consider the advantages of dentist-supervised teeth whitening.

Dr. Sutton takes all necessary precautions to ensure that teeth whitening is a gentle and comfortable experience for his patients. Before starting treatment, he confirms that the patient has no oral health issues (like gum disease or cavities) that could complicate treatment. He also inquiries about any history of teeth sensitivity or other problems so he is aware of factors that could affect treatment.

During in-office teeth whitening treatment, the gums and the rest of the mouth are carefully covered to protect them from the whitening product. Dr. Sutton selects the appropriate amount and concentration of whitening gel and then applies it to the teeth.  The whitening gel sits on the teeth for a certain amount of time before it is wiped off. The process may be repeated several times.

Dr. Sutton can also provide take-home trays for patients that want the convenience of whitening at home. Unlike over-the-counter whitening products, Dr. Sutton’s take-home trays are custom molded and fitted to the individual patient’s teeth and mouth. This reduces the risk that the whitening gel will leak out of the trays and irritate the mouth. He also provides detailed instructions for filling the trays with the whitening product.

Learn More about Teeth Whitening

For more information about safe and effective teeth whitening with Dr. Sutton, please call or email Sonoma Smiles today.