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The Demand for Teeth Whitening

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Having that beautiful, white smile is a desire for many people. It used to be that forms of cosmetic dentistry, such as teeth whitening, were reserved for those who had plenty of money in the bank. But, thankfully, that is no longer the case. Cosmetic dentistry is more affordable than ever and Preserve Family Dentistry offers many options for those who are looking to give their smile some added shine. In our article we’ll cover:

  • What will whiten your teeth instantly? Our gentle dentists can help you make the right decision.

  • How white can teeth be whitened? Be educated! At-home vs in-office teeth whitening systems do offer different results.

  • Should I get my teeth whitened? While results vary from person to person, it’s an excellent option to explore if you want to give your smile a boost.


The demand for teeth whitening services has grown 300% in the last few years. Why you migh ask? While we can come up with a few possible reasons for the rapid growth of whitening services, we also know that it’s largely due to the improvements that have been made with teeth whitening practices behind the scenes. Without going into too much detail, suffice it to say that now is a better time than ever to have your teeth whitened. The following includes some more information about teeth whitening that you might find helpful.

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What’s the number one way to have your teeth whitened?

While you can find many over-the-counter teeth whitening kits at your local drug store, professional teeth whitening is a better way to go in the long run. Professional whitening services offer a longer lasting impact than over-the-counter whitening kits. Professional teeth whitening works better because at home whitening kits use hydrogen peroxide to achieve the desired results, while professional whitening can utilize carbamide peroxide. The carbamide peroxide is comprised partially of hydrogen peroxide, but it is a more stable compound, yielding whiter teeth and less sensitivity. Professional whitening also allows the dentist to ensure that the chemicals are only coming into contact with your teeth rather than your gums or tongue.

What things affect the process of teeth whitening?

As with many things, the results of teeth whitening will vary from person to person depending on a few of the following factors.

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The shade of teeth before whitening

Teeth whitening can only offer so much since the natural shade of your teeth plays a role in how the treatment turns out. If you have a yellow hue to your teeth, the teeth whitening process will actually have a greater impact than if you have a brown or gray hue to your teeth. Both will yield results, but yellow teeth tend to produce a more obvious outcome.

Image of a happy patient who just had her teeth whitened at Preserve Family Dentistry in Lincoln, NE.

Individual whitening potential

Although this has not been proven scientifically yet, many claim that every person has a different “whitening potential” for their teeth. This means that our teeth will only become white to a certain extent.

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The strength of teeth whitening product

The strength of a given teeth whitening product will have a great impact on the final appearance of your teeth. Any qualified Lincoln dentist will offer a more fruitful teeth whitening service than over-the-counter teeth whitening kits because dentists are allowed to use carbamide peroxide to whiten teeth.

How white can teeth be whitened?

Your final whitening results depend on the original color shade of your natural teeth. 

Everyone has a maximum capacity for whiter teeth. Certain teeth can never get that super white color, and those teeth need dental veneers or crowns to achieve super white color.

Should everyone have their teeth whitened?

For some, teeth whitening is not recommended. This includes the following:

  • Children under the age of 13 have especially sensitive teeth.
  • Pregnant and lactating women should not have their teeth whitened.
  • Those with gum disease, exposed roots, broken teeth, hypersensitivity or incomplete dental work could experience adverse side effects from whitening their teeth.
  • Anyone going through orthodontic treatment should wait until the process is complete to have their teeth whitened.
  • If you have had dental work that covers the entire front of your teeth, whitening will not work on your bridges, crowns, veneers, fillings, implants, etc.

It’s always advisable to talk with a dentist about whitening options that will work well for you. Any dental treatment should be an ongoing dialogue between you and your Lincoln dentist. If you have questions about your ability to have teeth whitening, don’t hesitate to contact us or set up an appointment. Just search for “teeth whitening near me” to find a location that’s convenient for you.


The information on this page was written by Dr. Anton Diy.

This gentle Lincoln, NE dentists says: “I want each patient to feel valued and respected. Your comfort is my top priority. I will make sure to always check your comfort level throughout treatment and will try hard to provide effective distraction, compassion, and gentle touch during the administration of a local anesthetic. I would love to see you in my chair and would be honored to provide your dental care.”

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


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