Can Teeth Whitening Damage Teeth?

Hi! I’m Dr. Richard Fordjour from the Washington Center for Dentistry.

One of the questions I get a lot is “Does whitening your teeth damage your teeth?” and the answer to that is simply, “No, whitening your teeth does not damage your teeth.”

You know, enamel is one of the strongest substances in the body and it can really withstand a lot of different things and whitening has absolutely no effect on the enamel.

Now, whitening can definitely make your teeth a little bit more sensitive. This is usually a temporary thing for most people and it’s something that can be treated with gels or varnishes that can be put on the teeth to kind of help you get through the sensitive part of it.

You know, I have patients ask me if they should not whiten their teeth because they get sensitive. The answer to that is also no. If what you want is whiter teeth, there’s definitely ways to treat the sensitivity that comes along with it.

Again, I hope this helps. Please feel free to leave a comment below.

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