Teeth Whitening

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Professional Teeth Whitening: Be a Better You

It’s not abnormal for teeth to become discolored over time. For those of us that drink coffee, tea, or wine, this can happen more quickly than normal. For those that smoke tobacco, the effect can occur even more quickly. However, professional teeth whitening can keep your smile bright, white, and youthful.

You may be aware that professional teeth whitening can make your teeth sensitive and uncomfortable. But what if we told you that we even have options for those with sensitive teeth? Every Nebraska Family Dentistry location offers top-notch teeth whitening, so you can have the same quality care wherever you go.


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Our Professional Bleaching Procedure

We use Opalescence @ whitening system to keep your teeth from becoming too sensitive. Our dentists begin each teeth whitening procedure with x-rays and a dental exam. We do this to be sure that you’re a good candidate for teeth whitening. Once we’ve done that, we make molds of your teeth which we’ll use to make whitening trays specifically for your teeth. With these molds, the bleaching solution can avoid getting on your gums. When these solutions touch your gums, it causes extra sensitivity. Instead, we ensure that it only reaches your teeth. You’ll have some say over how long you want to wear your whitening trays. This will impact how white your teeth become. Finding the right level of whiteness will help your teeth look great, without allowing them to appear unnatural.

On the day of whitening, our dentist will polish your teeth before placing the whitening trays in your mouth. It should last about 45 minutes, and you’ll walk away looking and feeling great. You’ll be sent home with your own whitening trays to be able to maintain your bright smile after the appointment.


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Professional Teeth Whitening vs. At-Home Kits

Professional teeth whitening has the potential to increase your confidence significantly. But as you probably know, there are whitening kits you can buy from the store. So why bother coming into the office?


While it may seem tempting to buy these kits for yourself, the risks associated with them can be somewhat costly. The lack of custom trays that mold to your teeth can significantly impact sensitivity. Because the solution can freely touch your gums, your teeth are likely to begin hurting and feel sensitive.

Another problem with at-home kits is the solution they include. Because they are not professionally maintained, these kits aren’t allowed to contain very strong whitening solutions. When you have your teeth bleached at our office, we’re able to administer a higher concentration of whitening solution more safely. Our dental experts can ensure your teeth are the only things that come into contact with the solution.

Teeth Whitening: Before & After


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Good Candidates for Professional Teeth Whitening

While professional teeth whitening is something we stand by often, it’s not necessarily ideal for everyone. The best candidates are those who have become discontent with the color of their teeth as a result of coffee drinking, wine drinking, smoking, or generally aging teeth.

Currently, patients who are not good candidates are patients who are pregnant or nursing, those with gum disease, or others who are under 16. After being treated for any conditions that are obstacles to bleaching, patients are freely able to undergo this procedure.


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Frequently Asked Questions about Professional Teeth Whitening

Even with such a common procedure, we still get asked about it often. If you want to know more, we’ve posted some of the most commonly asked questions we hear in the office.


Will teeth whitening make my teeth hurt?

Sometimes sensitivity will occur immediately following the procedure, but it should go away in a mere matter of hours.

Will my gums bleed after having my teeth whitened?

They shouldn’t. If our dentists see that your gums are bleeding during our exam, we’ll make sure you’re able to treat it. If it’s mild gingivitis, we can usually still perform the procedure, but if you have developed periodontal disease, we won’t be able to whiten your teeth.


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Does my dental insurance cover teeth whitening?

Probably! We accept almost every major insurance plans, and we’re glad to submit your claims for you to save you the extra work. If you don’t have insurance, we partner with Lincoln Dental Plans to offer affordable whitening. Click the link to learn more!




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