Teeth whitening procedures are safe, but they can lead to some sensitivity and soreness and it is completely normal to have these two things happen. If your gums feel sore, it is temporary. It should not last longer than a few days after the procedure. No one is completely sure why this happens, but it does in approximately two-thirds of the people who have this procedure done. It does not matter if you have a professional teeth whitening procedure from your dentist or you do it yourself at home.
Even though they are not completely sure why it happens they feel it could be because of the peroxide that is used comes into contact with nerve tissue that is inside your teeth. All teeth whitening procedures, at home or at the dentist, use some type of peroxide as the active cleaning agent.
There are many different types of teeth whitening products. You can use the strips that stick to your teeth, gels that are painted on your teeth with a brush, or dental trays. Some of the procedures you will use for as few as five days and others may be used for up to a month. No matter which one you use, you have the chance on getting sore gums.
How much your gums hurt usually depends on the percentage of peroxide that is used in the kit. If you whiten your teeth at home, the kit will give you the percentage of peroxide on the box. To help prevent having sore gums you should choose the kit with the lowest percentage of peroxide, but it may take a little longer to see the results. As a general rule, the higher the percentage of peroxide the faster you will see results. If you have the procedure done at the dentist office, they use the highest percentage of peroxide, but that procedure takes the least amount of time to see results.
If you are experiencing sore gums after doing a teeth whitening procedure, you can apply fluoride to the teeth and gums to help lessen the pain of your teeth and gums. If you are experiencing pain in your gums, it may help to gently massage them with your finger tips. Sometimes it may help if you brush your teeth gently with a soft brush and whitening toothpaste.
If the pain continues past a few days or seems to get worse, you should contact your dentist. If it is your first time using a teeth whitening kit, opt for the lower percentage of peroxide to lessen the chances of sore gums.