Teeth Whitening Specialist

Northwest Smile Center

Donald Johnson, DDS

Dentist located in Coeur d'Alene, ID

Teeth whitening is one of the easiest, most affordable, and effective ways to brighten your smile. Experienced cosmetic and general dentist Donald Johnson, DDS, at Northwest Smile Center in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, provides teeth whitening with dazzling results. To learn more about the benefits of going to the dentist for teeth whitening, schedule an appointment online or over the phone.

Teeth Whitening Q & A

What is teeth whitening?

Teeth whitening, or bleaching, is an effective method for brightening discolored teeth. If your teeth have external stains, including from drinking coffee and tea or smoking, whitening can make them several shades brighter.

Whitening works best if you have a full set of healthy teeth. The bleaching agents Dr. Johnson use only change the appearance of natural enamel. If you have fillings, crowns, or other restorative work, you may wish to replace them so they match your newly brightened smile.

If you have damaged, decayed, or infected teeth, teeth whitening might not be the best option for you, but don’t give up hope. Dr. Johnson may recommend other restorative and cosmetic procedures to restore your smile, including crowns, bridges, and veneers. 

Why should I go to a dentist for whitening?

You may wonder why it’s worth going to Northwest Smile Center when there are so many commercially available whitening products, including toothpastes, strips, and gels. The reason is simple: Dr. Johnson gets better results than what you can buy at the pharmacy.

As a dentist, Dr. Johnson has stronger, more concentrated bleaching solutions than what you get in an over-the-counter whitening kit. He also personalizes your treatment, which a one-size-fits-all whitening product can’t match.

Dr. Johnson takes impressions of your teeth before you undergo teeth whitening. You receive customized whitening trays that fit your mouth perfectly, which ensure that you’re comfortable and the whitening solution fully covers your teeth.

His hygienists can also give you a thorough teeth cleaning before you start the process to remove any built-up plaque and tartar, so the whitening agent brightens your teeth evenly.

Is teeth whitening a substitute for dental care?

Teeth whitening can get dazzling cosmetic results, and while brighter teeth may look healthier, whitening is not a substitute for proper dental care and good hygiene. 

Taking care of your teeth is the best way to ensure the results of teeth whitening last longer. For your teeth to stay truly healthy, you need to brush at least twice a day, floss once a day, and get regular checkups and cleanings at Northwest Smile Center. 

With proper care, including good hygiene and avoiding habits that stain teeth (like drinking coffee and smoking), the effects of whitening last up to three years. You may want to get a touchup treatment after a year or so.

For more information about teeth whitening, schedule an appointment at Northwest Smile Center online or over the phone today.