How Long Will Zingers Persist Following Teeth Whitening?

Have you gone through Zoom whitening treatment? If so, you may be familiar with the unpleasant sensations that follow. These feelings of pain may come in the form of occasional, sharp bursts, often referred to as “zingers.” To help you understand this issue, Dr. Feng of Sloan Creek Dental in Fairview, TX, can provide insight into zingers and how long they usually last.

What is the duration of Zingers after teeth whitening?

Experiencing “zingers” following Zoom teeth whitening is not uncommon, as sensitive teeth are one of the side effects of many whitening procedures. Fortunately, these zingers generally subside within a few hours post-treatment. If they continue for more than a day or two, it’s advisable to consult your dentist to explore potential causes and remedies. In most cases, the sensitivity will diminish within a couple of days after the whitening process is concluded.

What Are “Zingers?”

The term “zingers” describes the temporary teeth sensitivity or discomfort that can occur after a professional teeth whitening treatment. Patients may find these sudden, sharp pains to be quite irritating. However, the good news is that the sensitivity associated with Zoom whitening is typically mild and short-lived for a substantial number of patients opting for this teeth-brightening technique.

What Causes Tooth Sensitivity After Whitening?

Zingers that arise during or after teeth whitening treatments result from the active ingredients used to remove surface stains. This particular solution (hydrogen peroxide) can remove minerals from the enamel, resulting in a temporary porosity of the teeth.

As the tooth absorbs the peroxide, it starts to oxidize, breaking down the stain molecules in the process. During this oxidization, the peroxide seeps deeper into the tooth, where it gets closer to the tooth’s pulp chamber, which is home to the tooth nerves and blood vessels that keep the tooth alive and well.

These zingers may be felt in a single tooth or multiple teeth and should typically subside within 24-48 hours following the whitening procedure. Don’t worry if you experience zingers, they’re a normal part of the teeth-whitening process and will be gone before you know it!

What Can I Do To Reduce The Occurrence Of Zingers?

The duration of zingers can vary depending on the individual, ranging from a couple of hours up to a couple of days after the whitening process. To reduce the occurrence of zingers, or sensitivity after teeth whitening, it is essential to follow the instructions provided with any teeth whitening product. Here are several options you can take to reduce the occurrence of zingers.

  • Steer clear of consuming acidic or abrasive foods and beverages.
  • Using a desensitizing toothpaste before and after treatment helps reduce sensitivity associated with teeth whitening while providing lasting protection against further irritation.
  • Use over-the-counter pain reliever medication.
  • Avoid over-the-counter whitening products, as they frequently contain potent chemicals that may lead to sensitivity. By opting for a professional treatment like Zoom, you’ll likely experience minimal zingers.
  • Avoid hot and cold foods and drinks – After your teeth whitening treatment, your teeth may be sensitive for the first 1-2 days. To make sure you’re as comfortable as possible during this time, try to avoid consuming foods and drinks that are either extremely hot or cold. Instead, go for room-temperature foods that won’t cause any discomfort.
  • To alleviate sensitivity concerns, it’s recommended to use a sensitivity toothpaste that has potassium nitrate in it designed for sensitive teeth, like Sensodyne. Use it approximately one to two weeks before undergoing the whitening treatment, as it can aid in diminishing the potential impacts brought on by the whitening procedure.

What's the Zoom Whitening process?

If you want a bright, white smile, Zoom teeth whitening is an awesome form of treatment that can lighten the staining or discoloration of your tooth enamel. It’s a simple and painless procedure that usually takes 45 minutes to an hour. During the process, your dentist will use a special lamp (also called a Zoom light or Zoom laser) and a hydrogen peroxide-based whitening gel to bleach each tooth and give you a brighter smile in no time!

Zoom Teeth Whitening at Sloan Creek Dental

Zoom professional teeth whitening offers patients an effective and safe way to brighten their smile while minimizing discomfort. As your Allen dentist, we are here to help. If you want to remove surface stains with Zoom whitening, or you have questions about the Zoom whitening treatment, call us to schedule a Zoom whitening appointment with us.

To schedule your appointment, have questions about becoming a new patient, contact Sloan Creek Dental, and our friendly staff will be happy to assist you. You can reach us at our Fairview, TX dental office to schedule an in-person consultation with us today – 972-468-1440.