Can Sensitive Teeth Be Professionally Whitened?

Teeth whitening is an effective way to brighten your smile. Although it may not make your teeth white as the term suggests, it lightens the natural color of your teeth. Very few people have white teeth, and most have some discoloration that increases as you age. However, whitening can help remove some of the stains we get from tea, coffee, and colored beverages.


Can It Affect Sensitive Teeth?


Although teeth whitening is a brilliant idea, it may have some side effects on those who opt for it. One of these effects is teeth sensitivity. You may experience it for some time after a whitening due to the products in the whitening solution. The side effect may deter many who have naturally sensitive teeth from going for the procedure. 


However, that does not have to be the case. Consult your dentist before starting any whitening procedures and you will be safe. They will help you safely fight discoloration, even with sensitive teeth.


How Can You Whiten Your Teeth?


You do not have to sit on the sidelines and struggle with discolored teeth if your teeth are sensitive. There are many ways to go about it. The best place to start is by going to the professionals before exploring other options.


Professional Whitening


Your dentist is a vital component of your decision to get a whitening. Thus, it is wise to start here. Consult with them before choosing a product to whiten your teeth. Even better, they can do the whitening for you. They know what proportions of ingredients will work for your teeth.


The dentist will examine your teeth and mouth to determine which products work best. Afterward, they will clean your teeth and remove the external stains. After the procedure, they may use plastic resins or fluoride varnishes to help with any sensitivity you may experience. They may also suggest using fluoride toothpaste, gel, or rinse to strengthen your teeth.


Buffering the Teeth Whitener


You may prefer to do the whitening at home instead of at the dentist’s office. In this case, the dentist will suggest some products for you. Make sure you use these dentist-recommended products because they will protect your teeth. They probably contain buffered bleaches. Most bleaching gels nowadays contain buffering but stick to what the dentist suggests.


Read the labels and follow the directions carefully. Pay close attention to the warnings. Avoid leaving the product on your teeth longer than the instructions suggest. If anything, shorten the exposure time to minimize irritation.




Veneers may be the best option if you have sensitive teeth with severe discoloration that may not be able to handle the whitening process. The dentist may suggest them instead of risking more sensitivity. 


Veneers are shells that bond to each tooth and cover the discoloration. You can choose between porcelain and composite resin. Each has its advantages and disadvantages. Porcelain veneers are resistant to stains and strong, while the composite resin is easily repairable in case of chipping. Your dentist will advise you on which is best for you.


For more information on whitening sensitive teeth, call Above & Beyond Dental at (817) 571-1667 to reach our  office in Bedford, Texas.