If you have sensitive teeth — the kind of teeth that can barely handle an ice-cream cone — you may feel like the world of teeth whitening kits is closed to you. But be still your heart: some of the best whitening kits for sensitive teeth can keep your teeth white and protect you from pain or damage.
Teeth sensitivity can result from a slew of dental issues that include worn tooth enamel after using a hard toothbrush or tooth erosion due to a diet of highly acidic foods and beverages, says New York Celebrity Cosmetic Dentist Dr. Lana Rozenberg. One thing is certain: most teeth whitening kits are killer on sensitive teeth.
"Most professional and over-the-counter whitening products feature hydrogen peroxide as their active ingredient," Rozenberg says. "Some people may have teeth that are sensitive to peroxide. Your teeth may start to ache during the whitening procedure and you may feel discomfort when drinking or eating hot or cold products. This potential side effect of teeth whitening is usually short-term, and goes away with time."
To avoid discomfort and get the most out of a teeth whitening kit, Rosenberg suggests searching for products that contain potassium nitrate and fluoride to help reduce any potential sensitivity of the teeth. But if you're in a rush and don't have the time to read every ingredient on each package hunting for safe and unsafe ingredients, here are three of the best whitening kits for sensitive teeth that reviewers with sensitive teeth love.