The Definitive Guide to Whitening Sensitive Teeth Naturally for Optimal Results

by Support Remi April 27, 2022 7 min read

The Definitive Guide to Whitening Sensitive Teeth Naturally for Optimal Results

Many people are insecure about how their teeth look and look to whitening teeth as a quick fix. Even if you are diligent about your dental visits and keep your teeth healthy, staining can happen over time due to the foods you eat and drinks you consume. The top four beverages most associated with tooth stains include coffee, tea, red wines, and soda.

The Remi custom teeth whitening system can restore your natural, beautiful smile. 

These are the top benefits of a custom whitening guard for your teeth, no matter if you're a former smoker or a coffee drinker:

  • Convenience - A custom teeth whitening system offers the greatest convenience. Traditionally, it took time to make a dental appointment and you may have even needed to leave work for the procedure. With Remi’s custom whitening kit, you can achieve professional results without leaving home.
  • Independence - A teeth whitening system is convenient and gives you greater control over the entire process. The Remi Custom Whitening Guard System includes a teeth whitening gel syringe that lets you apply a clinically-formulated whitening gel directly to your teeth using your custom night guards. Every teeth whitening guard has been custom designed for precision, so you can be confident that you are treating every extrinsic stain. You can treat your teeth as often as you like with the Remi whitening System. It includes three tubes of whitening gel in your custom whitening kit.
  • Long-Lasting - Remi’s exclusive formula is composed of hydrogen peroxide, giving you a bright, white smile that lasts. Remi’s proprietary formula also includes potassium nitrate, which reduces sensitivity and allows you to use your teeth-whitening system without any discomfort.
  • Easy-to-Use - These custom whitening systems can be carried around with you wherever you go. They are also easy to use, making them convenient. 
Teeth Whitening

    Using hydrogen peroxide and baking soda are both effective ways to whiten teeth, but if your teeth are incredibly sensitive, you should be careful. While these products may seem like good options, they often contain ingredients that can actually cause more harm than good. In-office teeth whitening procedures should only be used if they are absolutely necessary. And they can be extremely expensive.

    Baking soda

    One of the easiest ways to whiten teeth naturally and effectively is by using baking soda. While you can use this ingredient without toothpaste, excessive use of baking soda will erode your tooth enamel and make your teeth sensitive. However, it can also be used with toothpaste to give your teeth an overall whitening boost. To maximize results, use a baking soda paste twice daily for a week to see noticeable results.

    While some people believe that salt brushing will whiten their teeth, this has not been proven. Similarly, other home fixes are also available. Just make sure to do your research and stick to proven products. Remember to brush and floss regularly for optimal results. This will make your teeth whiter and more vibrant. It won't take much time at all to see a dramatic improvement.

    As a natural teeth whitener, baking soda works by neutralizing acid levels in the mouth and removing surface stains from teeth. This method will not remove deep-seated stains, such as those from years of buildup. It can be a supplement to a regular dental care routine but should never replace it. If you're worried about tooth decay, brushing with baking soda regularly will help prevent this problem.

    Before beginning a new teeth-whitening regimen, it's important to consult your medical professional. If you have a history of tooth decay, a simple baking soda mouthwash might not be the best option for you. Although baking soda works wonders for whitening sensitive teeth, it should only be used under the supervision of a dentist or other health professional. It contains no fluoride, which is necessary to strengthen teeth and prevent cavities.

    Hydrogen peroxide

    If you've been hesitant to try hydrogen peroxide for sensitive teeth, you might want to reconsider. This common bleaching agent has been in oral care products for decades and is a proven whitener. You can easily purchase food-grade hydrogen peroxide online or in your local pharmacy. You should always dilute hydrogen peroxide before you use it, though. Nevertheless, if you're allergic to hydrogen peroxide, consult with your dentist first.

    Hydrogen peroxide for sensitive teeth is not recommended for people with thin enamel. While it can whiten your teeth, too much bleach may damage your thin enamel. In addition to its teeth-whitening benefits, hydrogen peroxide can also treat dental conditions, including periodontal disease. It's a proven bleaching agent that breaks down stubborn pockets of bacteria in the mouth and can be a major cause of gum disease. In addition, it can reduce inflammation and redness.

    Before using hydrogen peroxide to whiten your teeth, talk to your dentist about the risk of sensitivity. It's possible to experience mild or moderate sensitivity after using peroxide to whiten your teeth, but if you're worried, it's best to consult a dentist first to find out if it's appropriate for you. However, if the sensitivity persists after the first application, you should consult a dentist for further advice.

    If you're worried about tooth sensitivity, you may consider trying an at-home whitening gel. The Remi teeth whitening system has a low concentration of carbamide peroxide and active oxygen. 

    Natural teeth whitening products

    If your teeth are sensitive, you might want to avoid the chemicals in traditional teeth whitening treatments. These chemicals can damage the enamel, exposing the dentin underneath. If you're prone to sensitivity, a sensitive-tooth-friendly whitening product can help you whiten your teeth without the risk of damaging your teeth. Listed below are some options for sensitive-tooth whitening.

    Foods with anti-inflammatory properties can help whiten teeth without harming your teeth. Milk and other dairy products contain calcium, which is vital for the enamel. Fruits like pineapple and papaya contain enzymes that whiten teeth. Unfortunately, there are no scientific studies on the efficacy of these products. Hydrogen peroxide is a common ingredient in whitening products. However, it's important to note that higher concentrations of hydrogen peroxide are not recommended for use at home.

    If you're prone to sensitivity, you may want to avoid foods that are acidic. Acidic foods, such as lemonade and tomato juice, can irritate the tooth's enamel and lead to stains. After a whitening session, it's a good idea to brush your teeth with lukewarm water and avoid consuming cold or hot beverages. To reduce sensitivity, ask your dentist to prescribe a prescription-strength whitening gel. You can also purchase over-the-counter toothpaste with potassium nitrate.

    Besides whitening toothpaste, there are also whitening strips. A great natural teeth-whitening product is an effective way to achieve whiter teeth than what you can achieve with over-the-counter whitening kits. Despite its price, some teeth-whitening products can cause tooth sensitivity, so choosing one with a gentler option is recommended. A whitening pen should not be used as a replacement for dental bleaching. 

    What makes my teeth so sensitive?

    Sensitive teeth are usually caused by damaged tooth enamel, fracture lines in teeth from grinding, or worn roots. One sensitive tooth can be the most sensitive, but you may feel it in all your teeth.

    Signs that your teeth are sensitive:

    • Temperature sensitivity, hot or cold
    • Sensitivity to air
    • Pain or discomfort while flossing or brushing
    • Sensitivity to sweet or acidic foods
    • Sensitivity to alcohol-based mouth rinses
    • Gum sensitivity
    • Random "Zizzers" or sharp pains, which occur in short, intense bursts

    Sensitive to heat and cold

    The hard enamel, which is the outer layer of the tooth, protects nerve endings. Tooth sensitivity can develop if the outer protective layer is damaged or the underlying dentin becomes exposed. This can occur after drinking hot/cold foods or drinks. This can make eating and drinking painful, and it can even cause weight loss.

    What makes my teeth react to whitening gels and whitening products?

    Sensitive teeth can be a problem for many people who want to whiten their teeth. It all depends on your condition. The painful effects of teeth-whitening might not be worth it. Talk to your medical professional if you are experiencing sensitive reactions to whitening gels. There are things you can do before you whiten your teeth.

    To reduce or stop tooth sensitivity: 

    • Use a soft-bristled toothbrush to gently brush your teeth. Remember to floss every day
    • Use desensitizing toothpaste. As an alternative to using harsher toothpaste, we recommend Sensodyne toothpaste
    • Wear a night guard if you feel sensitive due to teeth grinding or jaw clenching  
    • Repair chipped, cracked, or broken teeth
    • Gum disease and recession can be treated
    • Avoid high-acidic beverages and foods, and instead, drink through straws
    • Saltwater can be used to rinse the skin at night

    What is "zinger"?

    "Zingers" refer to short, intense flashes that cause pain during teeth whitening. Sensitive teeth are most sensitive in the first 72 hours following whitening. A dentist might call the temporary pain sensation a "zinger" if it causes a slight zap in our teeth.

    Sensitive teeth can be whitened with teeth whitening

    Most dentists agree that whitening gels are most effective in whitening teeth and removing stubborn stains. Some kinds of toothpaste may offer milder results.

    For sensitive teeth, here are some recommendations for teeth whitening gels:

    • Remi's 22% carbamide peroxide provides excellent results and minimal sensitivity. This gel is medium strength and suitable for sensitive teeth. This product can be used in conjunction with the Remi custom-made whitening trays.
    • If you experience sensitivity in your teeth, stop using the gel. You can whiten your teeth every other day by using less gel (make sure it doesn't sit on your gums) or reducing the time that you are whitening.


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    Artificial teeth cannot be bleached. This includes crowns, bridges, and porcelain veneers as well as fillings and dentures.

    The Remi Whitening System for teeth uses a paraben-free, gluten-free, non-GMO, cruelty-free formula that contains organic ingredients. For more information about Remi's whitening system for teeth, and how it can remove stubborn stains, please visit our Whitening FAQ page or contact Remi today.

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