Everyone wants a bright, beautiful smile. But lifestyle choices, the foods we eat, and even aging can all take their toll and, over time, cause our teeth to lose their brilliance. Fortunately, today’s convenient at-home teeth whitening solutions offer professional results in the comfort of your own home.
Please contact The Dentists by calling Hillsborough: 402-445-4647, Village Pointe: 402-505-7474, Ralston Square: 402-733-4441, or Dundee: 402-502-5593 to schedule an appointment at one of our convenient Omaha locations to learn about teeth whitening services.
What Causes Tooth Stains?
A myriad of factors play into the way your teeth look. Genetic predisposition plays its part in that some people are simply born with teeth that are naturally brighter than others. But most patients whose teeth are not as white as they would like are simply the victims of modern life. Any of the following can gradually cause your teeth to lose their natural luster:
- Tea and coffee consumption
- Red wine consumption
- Tobacco use
- Treatment with certain antibiotics
While cessation or reduction of any of these causes can slow the staining process, reversal requires a topical bleach such as that available through the cosmetic dentists at The Dentists of Omaha.
How Does At-Home Teeth Whitening Work?
At-home teeth whitening starts with a thorough oral exam to make sure that you’re a good candidate for teeth whitening. Then, we take impressions of your teeth which we use to fabricate custom models of your unique anatomy. Finally, we use these models to develop special whitening trays that are customized just for you.
At home, you fill your personalized tray with our professional tooth whitening gel and place the tray over your teeth. Most patients are asked to wear the tray for several hours per day, and results are usually obvious within one or two weeks. Our many satisfied patients are a testament to just how effective our at-home products are.
What Makes Our Teeth Whitening Better Than Those in the Store?
It may be tempting to simply buy an in-store whitening product the next time you go shopping. But, as with just about everything in life, you get what you pay for. Those drugstore products can never match the results available with professional whitening because of the following:
- The over-the-counter gel is many times weaker than what is available from a dental professional
- Treatment takes much longer for not as strong of a result
- Over-the-counter trays aren’t customized for your unique teeth
- Over-the-counter whiteners can cause sensitivity because they are fit for your teeth
In the end, you’ll end up wasting time and money with over-the-counter whiteners, so save yourself the trouble and learn about our professional treatments today!
Is At-Home Teeth Whitening Safe?
Yes, at-home teeth whitening is very safe when used as directed. Be sure not to misuse or overuse the whitening products. Doing so can result in tooth sensitivity and gum irritation. If you have pre-existing dental conditions, be sure to tell your dentist before starting treatment.
How Long Does It Take To See Results?
Most patients start to see results after they complete a few treatments. However, results will depend on how discolored your teeth are and how often you apply the whitening treatment.
Will It Remove All of the Stains?
Most at-home whitening treatments work well to brighten your smile by several shades. However, you also need to be mindful of the food and drink you consume after treatment. Staining food and drink, such as tomato sauce, coffee, tea, and red juices, should be avoided or consumed through a straw.
How Often Can I Whiten My Teeth at Home?
How often you can whiten at home depends on how discolored your teeth are and the strength of the product. It is always best to follow your dentist’s instructions and not overuse the products. Overuse can cause tooth sensitivity and may damage the tooth enamel.
Schedule Your Teeth Whitening Appointment Today
If stained and discolored teeth are affecting how you feel about yourself, it’s time to learn how convenient, at-home whitening treatments can restore your smile and your self-confidence. Please contact The Dentists today by calling Hillsborough: 402-445-4647, Village Pointe: 402-505-7474, Ralston Square: 402-733-4441, or Dundee: 402-502-5593 to arrange your teeth whitening consultation. The Dentists serves Omaha, Bellevue, Lincoln and nearby areas of Nebraska.