Whitening Home Remedies: How They May Affect Sensitive Teeth

If you want a whiter smile, you may consider teeth whitening at home by using whitening strips, trays, bleaching kits, or even homemade rinses. But, it’s important to know the facts about many at-home teeth-whitening treatments, how to use them, and to check with your dentist beforehand—especially if your teeth are sensitive.

5 Popular DIY Teeth-Whitening Treatments

Carefully whitening sensitive teeth

1. Whitening Strips

Over-the-counter strips have grown in popularity but can actually cause pain if you have sensitive teeth. Most whitening strips contain peroxide, which, depending on the peroxide concentration and the amount of time the strip is left on your teeth, may trigger sensitivity.

How using charcoal to whiten your teeth effects tooth sensitivity

2. Activated Charcoal

A trendy at-home whitening agent, activated charcoal is abrasive and can weaken and erode your enamel.

Woman using whitening strips on her sensitive teeth

3. Bleaching Trays

They may save you a trip to the dentist, but one-size-fits-all, at-home bleaching trays—which contain peroxide to remove stains—can increase the side effects of tooth sensitivity and gum irritation.

Apple cider vinegar for teeth whitening

4. Homemade Rinses

Rinses that contain ingredients like apple cider vinegar are highly acidic and can damage tooth enamel. Worn enamel can not only increase tooth sensitivity but can also make teeth appear duller and yellower since the yellow dentin is exposed.

At home teeth whitening remedies

5. Fruit Scrubs

While scrubs made from acidic fruits, like lemon or strawberries, may be a natural and affordable option, they can actually wear away tooth enamel.

Sensodyne Extra Whitening toothpaste for sensitive teeth

Whiten Your Sensitive Teeth with Sensodyne Extra Whitening

Sensodyne Extra Whitening toothpaste is designed to treat sensitive teeth and gently remove surface stains for whiter teeth. Use it every day, twice a day, as your regular toothpaste for whiter, sensitivity-free teeth along with the added benefits of fluoride, fresh breath, and cavity protection.