Teeth Whitening Services in Lincoln, NE
Do you frequently drink wine, coffee, or soda? Do you also consume a lot of colored and dyed foods? As a result, you may have noticed that some of your teeth are slowly becoming discolored, or have developed darkening stains. You may be asking yourself what you can do to help restore your smile’s brilliance and the answer may lie in teeth whitening at Family and Implant Dentistry in Lincoln, NE.
What is Teeth Whitening?
Teeth whitening is exactly what it sounds like: a chemical process that whitens the teeth through safe methods of bleaching, until it reaches the desired shade of white. This can be done with a whitening solution, bleaching gel, bleaching lamp, etc. either in a professional dental office, or through a take-home kit. Here at Family and Implant Dentistry, we chose to go with a more hands-on method, utilizing Crest 3D White Strips and Philips Zoom Whitening trays.
Crest 3D White Strips and Philips ZOOM Whitening
Crest 3D White Strips are thin strips of bleaching solution that is placed over the teeth. With each strip used, you’ll notice your smile whiten over time.
Philips ZOOM! Whitening approaches whitening using trays that the patient wears for a specified amount of time, according to Dr. Hoffman’s instructions. These trays are custom-designed to fit the patient’s teeth, and patients apply their own whitening solution to the trays before placing the trays in their mouth. After the allotted time has passed, the trays are removed and rinsed.
Dr. Hoffman will take a look at your oral health and help determine which whitening treatment is best for your needs. During this consultation, you can ask us questions, see before and after cases, and more.
White teeth are often seen as more confident, youthful (no signs of aging), and the appearance of optimal health. If your teeth have been damaged and stained as a result of past diseases or darkened foods, whitening them can give them the brilliant shine they deserve.
Teeth whitening with Dr. Hoffman eliminates the guesswork about the reliability of certain store-bought products. Your treatment is guided and controlled by our dentist, and can be adjusted as needed. For more information about in-office whitening versus at-home whitening, check it out here.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are in-office whitening treatments better than store-bought whitening kits?
Dental offices are allowed to administer whitening treatments that have a higher concentration of a bleaching agent called hydrogen peroxide. This provides results instantly– without having to wait weeks compared to store-bought whitening treatments. Our treatments are applied by trained professionals to avoid contact with your gums for maximum benefits while preventing sensitivity.
If you’re interested in learning about Crest 3D White Strips and Philips Zoom Whitening treatments contact our Lincoln dental office at (402) 486-0825 and a helpful team member will be happy to assist you.
Can you go from yellow to white teeth?
Over time, a variety of things can stain your teeth and turn them yellow. Age also influences the discoloration. Luckily, it is completely possible to turn yellow teeth pearly white again. The most immediate and effective method is to see Dr. Hoffman for an in-office whitening treatment.
There are also a large number of store-bought home whitening kits that you can use to whiten your smile, but these typically contain a lower concentration of whitening agents than the in-office whitening treatments. In-office whitening treatments cause less sensitivity which allows you to brighten your smile to your liking.
Is it safe to whiten my teeth?
Yes. Teeth whitening is a trusted and safe procedure that can be completed at-home or in-office. There is a risk of irritation, pain, or damage if the bleaching agent isn’t applied correctly. To lower your risk of damaging or irritating your teeth and gums, make sure you follow the instructions on the package. It’s normal to feel some sensitivity following the procedure, but it will diminish with time.
Do teeth whitening treatments damage existing dental restorations?
No, teeth whitening treatments won’t damage your restorations or impact their longevity. However, restorations will not whiten with a teeth whitening treatment. Be sure to notify one of our staff members if you’re considering a teeth whitening treatment and have restorations.
We’ll be happy to explain your options for achieving a whiter smile. If you’re interested in a teeth whitening treatment, schedule a consultation with one of our dentists.
Brighten Your Smile in Lincoln, NE
Teeth whitening can be a great confidence boost for patients who feel their smiles are too damaged beyond repair. Instead, consider undergoing this treatment in the experienced hands of Dr. Hoffman. Contact us today to schedule that consultation and learn more about what teeth whitening can do for your smile.