Our Professional Teeth Whitening Prevents and Eliminates Sensitivity Afterwards
We offer professional teeth whitening at our office to achieve whiter and brighter smiles without lots of sensitivity.
The appearance of your teeth can drastically affect your confidence level. Many patients with yellowed or stained teeth have reported feeling it gave them an older appearance, and they are less apt to smile or speak confidently in public. Northstar Dental uses the patented Opalescence Whitening System to give you the white, youthful smile you desire.
We offer both in-office, one-hour professional whitening as well as an at-home whitening option so you may choose the solution that is best for you! Our teeth whitening solutions prevent and eliminate sensitivity associated with teeth whitening.
One-Hour Professional Teeth Whitening (like Zoom Teeth Whitening) for sensitive teeth!
Our whitening specialists at NorthStar Dental can help you achieve a beautiful white smile in just one hour. This is an excellent option for patients with sensitive teeth. The whitening solution is placed in custom trays fit for your teeth. Not only does the Opalescence whitening system have sensitivity prevention ingredients within the whitening gel, but also an anti-sensitivity solution will be applied to ensure your comfort. Over the counter whitening solutions tend to cause a lot of sensitivity and do not produce the quick results like our in-office, one-hour teeth whitening. Over the counter solutions are not custom fit to your teeth, which can cause the bleach to get onto your gums and cause sensitivity.
What is the Process for In-Office Professional Teeth Bleaching?
Our in-office professional bleaching procedure begins with an initial exam and x-rays of your teeth to ensure you are a good candidate for bleaching. If suitable, we will take custom molds of your teeth and have our lab fabricate whitening trays that are fit specifically for you. This ensures the bleach solution only makes contact with your teeth and not your gums. While our custom trays help reduce or prevent sensitivity, some temporary sensitivity after the procedure can occasionally occur. Do not worry; sensitivity usually resolves itself in a matter of hours. After the procedure, you will get to take these trays home so you can maintain your whitening results.
On the day of your appointment, a whitening specialist will follow a step by step procedure from start to finish. First, they will polish your teeth and then begin the bleaching procedure. The bleaching solution will be specially placed in your custom trays, and you will wear these trays for a time frame specific to your whitening needs. It is usually no more than 45 minutes. Once the whitening procedure is complete, your whitening specialist will clean off the remaining bleach and apply sensitivity prevention solution to help with any post-whitening sensitivity. You will also be instructed on how to use your custom trays and whitening gel at home. The gel that you will take home has a lower concentration level than what is used in our office. You can use it with confidence to maintain your new bleaching results from the comfort of your home!
What can you expect as results for in-office professional teeth whitening?
Northstar Dental’s in-office professional teeth whitening procedure produces beautiful, lasting results instantly! With this procedure, you can whiten your teeth in a matter of an hour. Also, you will get to take your whitening kit home to maintain your white smile at home. We suggest using this kit every 4 to 6 months though it may need to be more often if you consume teeth staining foods and drinks on a regular basis or use tobacco. In-office whitening lasts most patients up to 2 years before it needs to be repeated; however, the longevity again depends on the variables listed above.
Best Candidates for Professional Teeth Whitening
We recommend our in-office professional teeth whitening procedure to all patients dissatisfied with the color of their smile. Stubborn stains typically do not respond well to products purchased over the counter. Our in-office whitening uses a professional level solution to conquer those stains. The bleach percentage in over the counter products is minuscule in comparison to the percentage in our professional bleach solution.
Teeth that respond well to teeth whitening procedures:
- White, but dull teeth
- Smokers – highly recommended
- Coffee, Red Wine drinkers – highly recommended
- Stubborn stains, on mature teeth, might need extended bleaching
- Yellowish teeth
- Stained teeth
There are, unfortunately, some patients who are not good candidates for professional teeth whitening. At this time, professional teeth whitening has not been tested enough for use on pregnant and nursing women. Patients who have deep cavities, untreated gum disease, or are under the age of 16 do not qualify for this procedure. Teeth that have been stained by antibiotics such as tetracycline may not be a candidate for professional teeth whitening. Once your dental conditions have been treated, however, you may be a candidate for whitening or other cosmetic procedures to improve your smile such as dental veneers or porcelain crowns.
Who is not a candidate for professional teeth whitening?
Pregnant women. Not enough research has been completed regarding pregnant women to give a 100% safety approval stamp to professional teeth whitening on them. Because of this, we error on the side of caution by ADA recommendations.
- Patients with extensive front stained fillings, a better option for those patients would be veneers.
- Patients with dark front teeth due to previous root canal treatments, a better option would be placing crowns.
- Patients with caps on front teeth. If you have caps on your back teeth, you are a candidate for this procedure.
- Patients with deep cavities on front or back teeth
Patient with advanced untreated periodontal disease
- Patients with intrinsic or inorganic stains, those stains do not respond to bleaching. A better option would be placing veneers.
Northstar Dental is your affordable dentist in Lincoln, NE. You may be surprised by how low we’re able to keep the cost of teeth whitening. In fact, we’re able to offer free teeth whitening in most cases. Free teeth whitening is a perk of being a member of our partners at Lincoln Dental Plans. Click the link to their website to learn more.
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