Teeth Whitening

Teeth Whitening in Eagle, Idaho

If you've wondered about teeth whitening and whether it would really make a difference in your smile, now is the time to find out. The truth is teeth whitening can actually boost your confidence which may help you both professionally and socially. The best part? Whitening and brightening your smile is easy and affordable with teeth whitening performed by dentist Don Larson in Eagle, Idaho.

While there are many over-the-counter teeth whitening products that promise the whitening of your teeth, they can't match the results that we can deliver at our Eagle Dental Office. Our professional teeth whitening techniques are effective at whitening discolored, ageing or yellow teeth. Feel comfortable and relaxed while we perform a variety of our cosmetic dental procedures. After teeth whitening, you can expect quick, easy, safe results and a more sparkling new smile.

Why wait another moment to get the beautiful, whiter smile you deserve? The office of Donald E. Larson, DMD, conveniently located in Eagle, Idaho, is eager to answer questions or address concerns you might have regarding teeth whitening. Call our friendly staff at (208) 939-3500  and schedule your whitening appointment today! We're dedicated to providing you with affordable, top-quality dental care including teeth whitening.

Teeth Whitening

Why Should You Have Teeth Whitening?
Tooth stains are usually caused by foods and drinks. One reason you may be considering teeth whitening may be due to staining from substances such as coffee, soda and wine. Other reasons people seek teeth whitening may be staining caused by years of smoking or a history of bad brushing habits.

What are the two types of stains?
Extrinsic staining is the most common type of tooth staining and is when staining occurs on the tooth’s outer layer. Extrinsic staining is the type of staining that is caused by foods, drinks and smoking. This is the type of staining that it is the easiest to treat with teeth whitening.
Intrinsic staining is staining on the inside of the tooth. There are many possible causes of intrinsic staining, including overexposure to fluoride as a young child, trauma to the tooth or use of tetracyline antibiotics at 8 years of age or younger. Since the stain is inside the tooth, it’s much more difficult to produce results with teeth whitening.  
A consultation with Eagle dentist, Don Larson, would identify which type of staining your teeth have and your options for teeth whitening.

How long does teeth whitening last?
Results from teeth whitening by Eagle dentist Don Larson can last for several years and even over a decade, although this depends heavily on how you take care of your teeth.

It’s normal for teeth whitening patients to notice a bit of discoloration in their teeth three years after having a teeth whitening procedure. However, many teeth whitening patients have results that last 12 years. Your whitening results will last longer if you use over-the-counter whitening products occasionally to help maintain the whitening of your teeth. You will also notice that teeth whitening results remain if you avoid foods and drinks known to stain teeth and refrain from smoking.

Teeth whitening and teeth bleaching are both procedures performed in our Eagle Office. Both options help with whitening teeth, but there are two key guidelines that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has established to determine the category that each whitening procedure falls under.

Teeth whitening refers to cleaning the teeth by getting rid of any debris and stains on the surface. This brings the teeth back to their natural white color.

Teeth bleaching refers to whitening the teeth using a product that has bleach in it. The teeth bleaching procedure must also be able to help with whitening teeth past their natural color.

Despite the differences, teeth whitening and teeth bleaching are often used interchangeably.

Most patients can have teeth whitening safely performed, but teeth bleaching may not be a good solution for those with gum disease, sensitive teeth or worn enamel, because the bleach could exacerbate these issues. That being said, only a dentist - such as Don Larson, DMD - should professionally tell you if there are potential issues with whitening your teeth. With typical extrinsic staining, teeth whitening can make the teeth much whiter. If it’s intrinsic staining, then teeth whitening may not be as effective. In terms of tooth color, teeth that are yellow tend to respond to teeth whitening much better than teeth that are brown.


There are many methods for teeth whitening and results vary greatly.

Whitening Toothpastes

Whitening toothpastes include polishing agents for greater stain removal. Typical ingredients include either hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. These can aide in teeth whitening, but only minimally.

Over-the-Counter Teeth Whitening Gels

Some over-the-counter teeth whitening products feature peroxide-based gels. These products may have strips or trays to put the teeth whitening gels on, along with application instructions that vary depending on the product.

Teeth Whitening Mouth Rinses

Many mouthwashes now include peroxide to add teeth whitening to their list of benefits. Like whitening toothpastes, these are only minimally effective.

In-office Teeth Bleaching

Visiting our dental office in Eagle, Idaho is by far the most effective option when it comes to teeth whitening or bleaching. Our dental office offers Sinsational Smile In-Office Whitening System. For this method, the dentist uses a patented pre-filled tray. Then, the dentist applies special light to help the gel whiten at a faster rate. You may only need one teeth bleaching treatment for significant whitening results. Some dental patients will have whitening treatments multiple times for even greater whitening results. This option also comes with a pen that is used by the patient at home to keep up with the results from teeth whitening.

Results for teeth whitening patients visiting our Eagle, Idaho office vary from patient to patient, but it’s possible that whitening your teeth could whiten them up to nine shades or more than prior to whitening. It’s most common to see teeth whitening results range from two to seven shades whiter.

Keep in mind that it’s noticeable when your teeth get two or three shades whiter, which means patients almost always have visibly whiter smiles after teeth whitening. If you have multiple whitening procedures performed at our Eagle dental office or you simply have above-average results, you could see your smile dramatically improve.

Teeth whitening, even when using bleach, is a safe procedure with no evidence indicating any long-term health impact. The only potential short-term effect with teeth whitening or bleaching is greater sensitivity in the teeth. The reason for this is that the teeth bleaching process opens the internal channels in the teeth so that the bleach can get into the teeth and make them whiter. The period immediately after teeth whitening is typically when the teeth are most sensitive, but this goes away and your dentist can recommend toothpastes for sensitive teeth to post teeth whitening.

Our qualified Eagle Dental Office can make sure that teeth whitening is right for you to help assure there is minimal risk of issues.

The best way to decide on a type of teeth whitening is to find a dentist you trust and ask them what they recommend. Donald E. Larson, DMD, a dentist located in Eagle, Idaho can assist in your teeth whitening. It is typical that he will usually recommend in-office teeth bleaching because this is the most effective method. You can expect Don Larson to use high-quality teeth whitening products in our Eagle dental office so that you get the safe, long lasting teeth whitening results.