Post # 1
- Wedding: August 2018 - Banquet Hall/Conference Center
Has anyone tried professional or at home teeth whitening before? My dentist gave me a 10-day at home professional strength Kor-brand teeth whitening at-home kit (with trays and gel) go be worn nightly. I have no doubts it will give me results but it is so excruciatingly painful! Idk if I have over sensitive gums or something, but they are red and it’s painful to even brush, even after putting on desensitized with the q-tips they provide.
The kit’s instructions do state to expect minor irritation and sensitivity, but I’m not sure what’s wrong, maybe my mouth’s pain threshold is low?
Curious to know what others’ experience has been. My wedding is in a month and I’d love to get rid of the eggshell yellow in my teeth but not if it’s going to kill my gums in the process!
Dentist wants me back in 10 days for a follow up to do before and after comparisons.
Post # 2
Maybe try putting a little Vaseline on your gums to protect them. I have done the kind where you get the gel from your dentist and put it on a retainer looking tray but I don’t rember my gums being irritated. You were suppose to put the gel on bottom so maybe you used to much.
Post # 3
I’m doing a teeth whitening course through my dentist and my teeth have gone really sensitive! I can’t do back to back treatments, I just do them every 3 nights. I also have a sensitive toothpaste that makes it a bit easier, but I also brush my teeth then put the trays back in for a bit before rinsing to keep the toothpaste on my teeth longer. The sensitivity did go away, I was a little worried after the first time that I’d permanently given myself dental issues but it’s faded each time.
Post # 4
Use tooth sensitive tooth paste like sensidine
Post # 5
My gums are also very sensitive. I’ve never done a professional strength whitening but I use Crest whitestrips and even with those–which I assume are a weaker formula than one from a dentist–my gums get extremely tender and it hurts to drink cold beverages, brush my teeth, etc. I do use Sensodyne toothpaste which helps somewhat, and generally alternate days so that I’m not doing all of them in the prescribed 2 weeks but spacing them out so I’ll do maybe 3-5 treatments in a week. I also rarely finish a whole course of the whitening strips at once, because I find that 3-5 days is generally enough to get my teeth looking quite white. Then I save the rest of the strips for when I notice my teeth looking yellowish again. FWIW, the sensitivity is temporary and does stop once I stop using the strips, so it helps to remind myself that.
If I were you I’d call the dentist and ask about the discomfort you’re experiencing to make sure it’s within the normal realm and you’re not experiencing an allergy or something to the formula. In any case, don’t feel like you need to go back for the before and after photos if that’s not right for you. I’d recommend doing the treatment at your own pace and definitely avoiding extremely hot/cold beverages and using a toothpaste for sensitive teeth/gums.