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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Teeth Whitening

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It's important to have the information you need when you're making decisions about your health care. At SW Nebraska Dental Center, we take the time to answer each of your questions and address your concerns. 

We do hear a few questions on a regular basis, and we've collected some of those here. Take a look and see if the answers you need are below. If your question isn't answered here or you'd like more information, don't hesitate to call our office!

Teeth Whitening

At Southwest Nebraska Dental Center, we use Opalescence whitening gel, which contains potassium nitrate and fluoride that not only whitens from the inside out but decreases sensitivity and can even prevent cavities.

Teeth whitening is not permanent and your teeth will eventually start to discolor again. This happens due to natural processes but food and drink may speed up the rate of yellowing. 

Tea, coffee, wine, and tobacco will all cause discoloration of the teeth. So, in order to keep them pearly white, you will need to touch up your whitening anywhere from every 6 months to once a year depending upon your rate of discoloration.

There are several factors that affect how your teeth will respond to whitening. What color your teeth were to begin with as well as the cause of your discoloration contribute to your results. For instance, a yellow hue is easier to whiten than a gray/black discoloration. 

Any of our staff can answer your questions and evaluate if you are a good candidate for whitening.

Sensitivity is the most common side effect of teeth whitening. If it does occur, it is usually temporary and goes away once you have completed the whitening process. However, the Opalescence whitening that we use in our office contains fluoride, which aids in reducing sensitivity.

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