Teeth Whitening Process

If you are wondering about the teeth whitening process, you don’t have to wonder anymore. South Lincoln Family Dentistry is here to explain what you need to know.


In our article we’ll cover:

What is the best whitener for your teeth?

Is it bad to whiten your teeth?

How much does it usually cost to get your teeth whitened?

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Recognizing that the appearance of your teeth can be a source of worry and consternation for individuals. Our dentist in Lincoln, NE and her team at South Lincoln Family Dentistry, aims to help our patients. Our goal is to help you achieve a confident smile with our professional teeth whitening process.

Our dentists will help you achieve whiter, brighter teeth with the patented Opalescence™ Whitening System. The Opalescence™ whitening system is superior to other conventional whitening systems in regards to the longevity of results. Also, the post-treatment sensitivity has been much less than other systems. Together with the professional level of care offered by South Lincoln Family Dentistry, we offer unparalleled teeth whitening services. The results of both are both instant and long-lasting.

The Whitening Process

Our teeth whitening process includes an initial evaluation of your dental structure. You’ll attend an appointment during which our dentist in Lincoln, NE will perform an oral examination. In addition, we will take an x-ray image of your teeth. During this appointment, we’ll assess the suitability of this procedure.

For suitable candidates, we will make a mold of your teeth on the day of your appointment. The mold is sent to our laboratory for the fabrication of your personal whitening trays. Later, we will provide these trays to you at no charge. The purpose of these trays is to assist you in maintaining your teeth whitening results.

On the day of your teeth whitening procedure, our dentist in Lincoln, NE will perform a two-step treatment of your teeth. The two-step treatment involves polishing your teeth, followed by whitening treatment. The whitening treatment utilizes your custom trays. We tailor every treatment to suit the individual. The duration of time taken for each procedure depends upon the needs of the patient.

On average, the teeth whitening process is short and will take approximately 60 minutes. But, this will vary depending on the extent of treatment required.

We will provide you with a consultation and sensitivity reduction session after the treatment. Here we will provide information on short-term sensitivity as well as offer advice on how to use the whitening solution at home. So, if you are searching for a “teeth whitening dentist in Lincoln, NE,” let us help you. We love creating beautiful, confident smiles.

Teeth Whitening Process and Results: How it Works

We guarantee our teeth whitening process to produce instant, noticeable changes. Ultimately, leaving you with whiter and brighter teeth. You can expect these results to last for two years or more. Results do depend on the amount of enamel. If you have a lot of enamel, you will have brighter, whiter results. If you have less enamel, your results will  not be as dramatic.

Also, as your dentist in Lincoln, NE, I will also provide a take-home kit that includes your personalized trays, whitening gel, and sensitivity prevention toothpaste. Likewise, regular use of the kit will significantly increase the longevity of your newly whitened teeth. For excellent results, we recommend using your personalized trays at home every 4 – 6 months.

Here are answers to more commonly asked questions regarding teeth whitening:

What is the best whitener for your teeth?
While we can’t specifically say which whitener is the “best,” we can say that over-the counter bleaching systems such as Crest® White Strips use hydrogen peroxide to deliver bleaching effects. 

On the other hand, professional bleaching systems use carbamide peroxide to deliver their bleaching effects. Hydrogen peroxide is the active form of carbamide peroxide and is a stable compound, which has a consistent shelf life and slowly releases hydrogen peroxide to provide bleaching effects. Carbamide peroxide penetrates the tooth at a slower rate and can aid in more patient comfort and compliance, as well as results that are better controlled.

Is it bad to whiten your 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.

How much does it usually cost to get your teeth whitened?
Typically teeth whitening services vary in cost and are based upon whether the services are provided in-office or if you plan to do them yourself at home.

On average, in-office, professional teeth whitening costs around $450. In-office, professional whitening uses a stronger whitening solution when compared to over the counter whitening products and can offer extremely quick results, which is the reason for the cost difference when comparing in-office whitening to over-the-counter whitening strips.
Are there side effects with the teeth whitening process?
Clinical studies have revealed that there are no side effects from the treatment. Our custom made trays ensure gum protection and eliminate gum irritation. You may experience some short-term sensitivity, but it does not happen often. If it does occur, it will likely dissipate within a few hours.

The treatment is non-invasive and can be performed repeatedly. But, on average, it is not required any less than every two years.
Who is a candidate for the teeth whitening process?
As your dentist in Lincoln, NE, I highly recommend our teeth whitening services. Whitening services are excellent for smokers and coffee drinkers. Likewise, teeth whitening services are excellent for red wine drinkers who have experienced discoloration. Also, it is also greatly suited for stubborn stains or general yellow teeth. Likewise, our whitening process provides much greater patient satisfaction vs. over-the-counter products.

We regret to say that we cannot perform this service for pregnant women. Similarly, we can not perform whitening services on patients with advanced untreated, periodontal disease. Also, whitening services can’t be performed on patients with deep cavities on the front or back teeth or patients under the age of 16. However, this service may become available to you after the initial assessment and treatment of your condition. An alternative is to use crowns or veneers, which can also be done by a dentist in Lincoln, NE.

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The information on this page was written by Dr. Christine Bergman.

This gentle dentist in Lincoln, NE says: “I am extremely privileged to be part of this amazing profession. I find there is nothing that is more rewarding than helping my patients learn how to care for their smiles in addition to becoming healthier overall. I feel patients deserve personalized dental care. Therefore, quality dental care is my number one goal. While providing top-notch dental care for you, I want your dental experience to be positive and comfortable.

You can schedule with this Lincoln, NE dentist, or her partners, online 24/7 at a South Lincoln Family Dentistry location near you. This “dentist near me” serves the local communities close to Lincoln. Some of the communities include Roca, Bennet, Firth, Crete, and Hickman!


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