Your smile is the first thing that others notice about you; it’s an important part of making a first impression. Perhaps you want to look your best for a job interview or blind date, or just look great in your sister’s wedding photos. Whatever the reason, a bright and beautiful smile is a key component in making the best first impression possible. Rows of teeth whitening products line the shelves at your local grocery store, but to achieve the your best smile, you should seek out Dr. Russell Jensen’s help.
We’re ready to help you make the best first impression possible. Schedule your professional teeth whitening appointment with Dr. Jensen by calling our Boise, ID office. Call 208-853-2221 today or visit us online.
Store-Bought Whitening Products
Our teeth can stain for several reasons, but the greatest contributor to discolored smile is food and drinks. A great rule of thumb to go by is this: if the food or drink can stain your carpet, it can just as easily stain your smile. This includes things like wine, coffee, tea, and dark colored berries. It’s no secret that to maintain radiant, healthy smiles we need to brush our teeth twice a day and floss regularly. But your daily dental routine shouldn’t stop there. Store bought teeth whitening products can enhance your smile and there are tons of options out there. You can choose between various brands of whitening toothpastes and mouthwashes, you can even choose between varieties of flavors if minty fresh just doesn’t appeal to you. There are also whitening gels and strips that can be applied to the surface of your teeth, to brighten the appearance of your smile.
Over time, however, the use of store bought whitening gels and strips can wear down the enamel on your teeth if you use them non-stop, so it’s important to be cautious when you use these products. You should never use them longer than the recommendation states on the box. Tooth enamel is what protects our teeth, and long-term use of whitening products can weaken its protective qualities. It’s fine to work on the color of your smile at home, but for faster results that reach those deeply embedded stains, you should consider dentist-provided treatments. Dr. Jensen knows the how important first impressions can be and he’s ready to help you impress others by giving you the polished smile that you’ve always wanted.
The Benefits Of Professional Teeth Whitening
Professional treatments are better able to reach the stains that can’t be eliminated using only store bought products. Dr. Johnson’s whitening treatments use a stronger whitening agent, which contains a higher concentration of hydrogen peroxide. These prescription strength products release oxygen into your teeth to break up the chemical bonds of the stains, and work much faster than store-bought products. In-office treatments are more efficient at breaking down chemical makeup of pigment stains, which means faster whitening and less risk of harming enamel.
Another benefit of dentist-provided whitening treatments is that they use customized trays to deliver the whitening gel, which fit your teeth much better than the one-size-fits-all trays and strips available at drugstores. This makes the gel more efficient at breaking down stains, since less saliva will transfer to the trays and dilute the ingredients. It also reduces the chances of the gel transferring to your gums, which can cause sensitivity. If you experience a burning sensation in the teeth and gums using store-bought whitening products, you may be pleased to know that Dr. Jensen’s treatments are far less likely to have this effect.
Neither store-bought products or professional teeth whitening will leave you with a permanently stain-free smile. It’s recommended that you come in every few months for touch-up treatments to maintain your radiant smile. Dr. Jensen may also provide you with a take home whitening kit in between your professional appointments. This kit will give you the ability to work on your smile at home, along with your regular oral hygiene routine.