Lincoln, Nebraska Tooth Whitening
At Adams Dental Center in Lincoln, Nebraska, Dr. Kent Dodson and staff have been transforming the smiles of Nebraska residents for years and are proud to offer a variety of cosmetic dentistry procedures and treatments to address all of your dental needs.
Tooth whitening is a very common cosmetic dentistry procedure that lightens teeth and helps to remove discoloration and stains. It is probably the most popular cosmetic dental procedure because it can significantly improve the appearance of teeth at much less cost and inconvenience than other cosmetic dental techniques.
Tooth whitening is one of the most popular procedures we offer at Adams Dental Center. Available as an at-home or an in-office procedure, our custom tooth whitening procedures are a quick, easy way to revitalize your smile. No over-the-counter whitening system offers the incredible results that we can offer you by having it done in our Lincoln, Nebraska office. At Adams Dental Center, we will formulate just the right custom tooth whitening solution to get your teeth their brightest and whitest!
A thin coating forms on your teeth daily and this coating picks up stains. The outer layer of each tooth, called the enamel, contains pores that hold stains. Tooth whitening is a procedure that needs to be repeated more than once to achieve the desired effect.
The most common reasons for stained teeth are tobacco, tea/coffee, and aging; all of these stain the surface of the teeth. Stains can affect the inside of the tooth, also and are called intrinsic stains. Intrinsic stains can be caused by exposure to too much fluoride as a child while your teeth were developing. Antibiotics containing tetracycline taken during the second half of pregnancy can also cause intrinsic stains.
How Does it Work?
Before teeth are whitened, cavities need to be treated because the solution used to whiten teeth can penetrate tooth decay and reach the inner areas of the tooth. Whitening will not work on exposed tooth roots because there is no enamel on the roots. Crowns and porcelain veneers cannot be whitened. Tooth whitening works best on teeth that have been stained by food, drinks or age.
Over-the-counter teeth whitening products sold in drug stores are not usually recommended by your cosmetic dentist because they can produce unnatural-looking results, and the store-bought trays may not fit your teeth properly.
Whitening can be done at home or in our Adams Dental Center office. For whitening done in the office, Dr. Kent Dodson will usually take photographs your teeth making it easier for him to monitor how the process is going for you. Whitening in the office typically takes just under an hour and may involve four to six visits.
For whitening at home, Dr. Dodson will direct you to use trays custom-made from impressions taken of your teeth. Whitening at home usually takes two to three weeks.
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To learn more about tooth whitening options offered at Adams Dental Center, please call or email us today to schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Kent Dodson and his friendly, professional staff.
Lincoln, NE 68505