Originally Posted by wantingmore
Does the dentist way (mold, gel, etc.) make your teeth sensitive as well? Does it affect the enamel horribly (assuming that it's stronger)? I JUST bought crest white stripes from Costco, but I hate the feeling of sensitive teeth, so I might just go with the mold.
ETA: I'm getting such different reactions to all of these products
If I do go with the white strips, I'll listen to IAmRenee and use Sensodyne. Hopefully, it'll work.
I just had some sort of Zoom Whitening like procedure done at the dentist... and... damn. Painful. They do put de-sensitizing gel on your teeth beforehand so I didn't actually feel bouts of sensitivity until the procedure was over, but as time passed, the sensitivity became even greater (they went from ZINGs of pain at random moments, to just straight sensitivity... very similar to feeling like someone drilling into your tooth and hitting a nerve). I took Advil at night (couldn't sleep) and again in the morning and the pain didn't fully go away until 14 hrs after the procedure.
They gave me take home trays (from impressions of my teeth), with the same gel (I think) as what was used earlier when I was getting the procedure done... I used it two days after, slept with it overnight (it was 10% strength) and I've felt random sensitivity throughout the day... I keep cringing at the thought of cold water and popsicles.
Anyway, the DA highly recommends that if you even consider whitening, to get your teeth cleaned first, but as what was said before, nothing will prevent tooth sensitivity. Sensodyne will probably help make it less painful (for either whitestrips/professional whitening) but also if you get professional whitening, they can give you de-sensitizing strips/gel for your own aftercare...which I probably need to invest in.
edit: All in all, I think the pain was worth it because I've never seen my teeth so white