What You Should Know About Whitening Your Teeth

Couple uses Sensodyne toothpaste to help their sensitive teeth

Before beginning a teeth-whitening regimen, it’s important to set realistic expectations and understand that a bright, gleaming smile may compromise the health of your teeth by making them sensitive. Instead, you may want to consider whitening your teeth to their true, or natural, shade of white.

Keep these 4 things in mind when whitening your sensitive teeth.

Healthy Teeth Are Important

Woman brushing her teeth with sensitivity toothpaste

While they may brighten your smile, some whitening toothpastes and bleaching treatments can put the health of your teeth at risk. Abrasives found in many whitening toothpastes can wear the sensitive areas of your teeth, while bleaching trays may cause mild gum tissue irritation.

Not All Whitening Treatments Are Right for Sensitive Teeth

Woman using whitening strips on her sensitive teeth

Take into consideration the potential impact on your teeth before choosing a whitening treatment. Between the array of products and methods—including gels, trays, and strips—whitening results may vary, and your teeth could be more prone to the pain of sensitivity.

Your True, Natural White Is Unique

Man going to the dentist for teeth whitening

There’s no exact science to determining how white your teeth can get—it varies from person to person and depends on the condition of your teeth and the type of stains you have. Try to focus on achieving your “true white” and restoring the natural whiteness of your teeth, rather than a super white smile. The steps you take to obtain unnaturally white teeth could make your sensitivity worse.

Whitening Sensitive Teeth with Sensodyne

Sensodyne True White toothpaste products

If you have sensitive teeth and are looking for a toothpaste to help give you a whiter smile, consider Sensodyne True White. Brushing twice a day, every day, will gently lift stains to help whiten your teeth, while also providing ongoing relief and lasting protection from sensitivity pain.