What should I do if Whitestrips irritate my gums or cause my teeth to be sensitive?
As with any teeth whitening system that contains peroxide, teeth/gum sensitivity may temporarily develop when using Crest 3D White Whitestrips. Some people may experience tooth sensitivity or gum discomfort when using this or other whitening products. If significant tooth sensitivity or gum discomfort develops, try using the strips every other day. If the problem persists, discontinue use.
Using a teeth whitening system on teeth that are already sensitive may increase the level of discomfort that you normally experience. If you have sensitivity concerns, we recommend you try Crest 3D White Whitestrips Gentle Routine for teeth sensitive to whitening.
Other factors that may contrive to discomfort include:
- Brushing too hard and or more than twice a day
- Using a hard to medium bristled toothbrush after whitening your teeth
We recommend using a soft-bristled toothbrush, or an electric toothbrush with a sensitivity brush head such as Oral-B Sensitive Gum Care to gently brush your teeth. Brushing with a mild toothpaste like Crest Gum and Sensitivity Gentle Whitening may help with some of the irritation by treating sensitivity pain at the source while ensuring you maintain your whitening results.