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Pain with Teeth Whitening

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I have been using an at-home teeth whitening kit for several weeks. It was going fine until a few days ago. Now, there is one tooth where I am having this zinger of pain. It happens for a few seconds and then goes away. I’ve noticed it is on the tooth where I had a dental bonding repair done about ten years ago. Does this mean that the teeth whitening is damaging the bonding on that tooth?


Dear Kelly,

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Teeth whitening gel is not known for weakening bonding. Plus, if it were the bond repair would fall off. The most likely scenario here is there is a slightly exposed part of the bonding that is allowing the whitening gel to get through. That would explain the pain. The simplest solution, in this case, is to temporarily pause your teeth whitening until you can have that part repaired. He can just do a quick cover of the exposed part. Don’t invest in a complete re-do of the bond yet.

One thing you should be aware of is that only your natural teeth will whiten. This bonding that you have will remain the same color it is now. This will give you two different colors on that tooth. So, after your teeth are whitened to the level you want, you can then have the bonding completely replaced and made to match the new whiter color of your teeth.

I don’t know if you’re doing the at-home whitening through your dentist or over-the-counter. If it was through your dentist, he should have warned you about that before you started.

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