Professional Teeth Whitening

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Does Professional Teeth Whitening Offer the Best Results?

A smile that shows yellow teeth has a negative impact on how old we look. Through teeth whitening, we can give your smile the makeover you need to make you look years younger.

To adequately brighten and whiten the teeth, teeth whitening treatment is necessary. Many patients are eager to try at-home dental products and teeth whitening kits, which seem to be cheaper and more convenient than in-office alternatives. However, most patients will not achieve the results they desire from these over-the-counter solutions. The over-the-counter treatment will also lead to gum sensitivity as those products are not custom made.

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We can offer professional teeth whitening that produces fast and drastic results that are customized for each individual patient. Our professional treatments lead to beautiful results with less sensitivity because of the custom fit and whitening formula that contains ingredients that help with sensitivity.

Our dentists in Lincoln, NE, at Lincoln Family Dentistry, can assist you in achieving whiter, brighter teeth through the patented Opalescence® Whitening System, which has been found to be superior to other conventional whitening systems with regards to the longevity of results and post-treatment sensitivity. Together with the professional level of care offered by Lincoln Family Dentistry, we offer unparalleled teeth whitening services, the results of which are both instant and long-lasting.

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At-Home Professional Teeth Whitening

Lincoln Family Dentistry offers an at-home whitening solution that is custom made specifically for you. Over-the-counter teeth whitening treatments are not custom made for you and often lead to sensitivity and less desirable results. If it is determined that you are a good candidate, our at-home whitening procedure will then begin by taking a mold of your teeth. These molds will be sent to our lab where custom whitening trays will be fabricated. Because these trays fit your teeth perfectly, sensitivity is typically a rare occurrence.

Once your trays are ready, you will be able to pick them up along with professional-level bleach and a member of our team will go over with you how to use them. In-home whitening affords you the ability to whiten as often as you would like to achieve your desired results. While the bleach given to you is a professional strength bleach, there is only a certain percentage we are able to give for use outside of the office. So, your results will be achieved over time as opposed to instantly, which is achieved by in-office professional bleaching.

Even though results are gradual, the percentage of bleach in our take-home kit is still much higher than the 5-14% solution contained in over-the-counter treatments.

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Is it safe to whiten teeth?

Whitening your teeth is considered safe as long as you follow directions and do not overuse whitening products. The fastest way to whiten your teeth is to use professional products. Professional products contain higher amounts of bleaching reactants and are customized for your gums, making them a better choice for whitening.

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Lincoln Family Dentistry Offers One-Hour Professional Teeth Whitening for Sensitive Teeth!

Our dentists in Lincoln, NE have whitened many patients’ teeth with results that are natural and beautiful with minimal sensitivity and minimal time. Any “Lincoln dentist near me” at our Lincoln dental clinic, can whiten your teeth up to eight shades in just a one hour visit.

Our Whitening System (Opalescence®) is safe for sensitive teeth, fast, effective, and offers superior results. It’s a convenient and affordable solution for patients who want immediate cosmetic results. This system is an excellent whitening method as it offers great results with minimal sensitivity. If you have sensitive teeth and have tried, but did not like the results of, whitening strips or at-home whitening products you should try our professional bleaching procedure. Our teeth whitening products contain ingredients that prevent sensitivity.

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The Process for In-Office Professional Teeth Whitening for Sensitive Teeth with A Dentist in Lincoln, NE

Our teeth whitening service is comprised of an initial evaluation of your dental structure. An appointment will be made for you during which our dentist in Lincoln, NE will perform an oral examination and take an X-ray image of your teeth to assess the suitability of this procedure for you.

For suitable candidates, a mold of your teeth will be made on the day of your exam and sent to our laboratory for fabrication of your personalized whitening trays. These trays will later be provided to you at no charge in order to assist you in maintaining the results of your teeth whitening procedure from the convenience of your home.

On the day of your procedure, our Lincoln dentists will perform a two-step treatment. This involves polishing your teeth followed by a whitening treatment utilizing your custom-made trays. Every treatment is tailored to suit the individual. Furthermore, the duration of time taken for each procedure will depend on the needs of the patient.

On average, the whitening procedure is short and will take approximately 45 minutes, but will vary depending on the extent of treatment required.

A further consultation session and sensitivity reduction session will be provided after the treatment to provide information on short-term sensitivity and advice on how to use your whitening solution at home.

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The Results for In-Office Professional Teeth Whitening for Sensitive Teeth

The whitening treatment is guaranteed to produce instant and noticeable changes. Thus, leaving you with whiter and brighter teeth, with the results expected to last for two years or more. This treatment will provide minimal or no significant teeth sensitivity.  We will also provide a take-home kit that includes your personalized trays, whitening gel, and sensitivity prevention toothpaste. Regular use of the kit will significantly increase the longevity of your white teeth. For the most effective results, we recommend using your personalized trays at home every 4 – 6 months.

Clinical studies have revealed that there are no side effects from the treatment. Our custom made trays ensure gum protection and eliminate gum irritation altogether. Some short-term sensitivity may be experienced after the treatment but does not happen often and will recede within a few hours.

The treatment is non-invasive and can be performed repeatedly, but on average is not required any less than every two years.

Good Candidates for Professional Teeth Whitening for Sensitive Teeth

Our teeth whitening service is highly recommended for smokers, coffee, and red wine drinkers who have experienced discoloration of their teeth. It is also greatly suited for stubborn stains or general yellow teeth and provides much greater patient satisfaction than over-the-counter products.

We regret to say that we cannot perform this service for pregnant women, patients with advanced, untreated periodontal disease, patients with deep cavities on the front or back teeth or patients under the age of 16.  However, for those with existing dental conditions, this service may become available to you after an initial assessment and treatment of your condition. An alternative may also be to use crowns or dental veneers. For more information on what option is right for you, please call one of our Nebraska Family Dentistry offices to schedule a cosmetic consultation!

Dr. Kelly O'Hara, a gentle family dentist in Lincoln, NE.

The information on this page was written by Dr. Kelly O’Hara.

This gentle Lincoln, NE dentists says: “I perform gentle dentistry for the entire family and focus on children’s dentistry, extreme smile makeovers, cosmetic dentistry and placing mercury-free dental fillings. Moreover, I also want to provide a better quality of life to patients who have lost their teeth by making implant retained dentures. I have many goals, but one that is very important to many of us: to keep dentistry affordable by taking all of the primary dental plans and by also offering dental payment plans to patients that seek them. I am fully committed to making sure all patients feel comfortable while in my care.”

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