How many shades of white teeth are there?

Teeth whitening is the world’s magic solution for transforming your smile and boosting your self-esteem. 

The internet is full of information on teeth whitening and can often confuse us when we are looking for advice for our individual needs. Most of us want the bright white Hollywood glow, but is that possible for everyone?

Shades of tooth enamel are unique to each individual person. The colour of your teeth stems from your genes to your own lifestyle of diet choices and any trauma or illnesses you have had. As every person’s situation is completely different, there isn’t a way of measuring and determining every shade of teeth. 

Dentists use a colour guide which they rely on to determine a patient’s tooth shade:

know your teeth shade

Each category has its own level of darkness and pigment which fits almost everyone. The majority of people find a near to perfect match of colour for their teeth on the guide at 99.8% of them. The categories are (A) Reddish Brown, (B) Reddish yellow, (C) Grey, (D) Reddish Grey.

The charts can be subjective, therefore inaccurate, and it makes it impossible to measure the whitening.  Dentists prefer to use photography and artistic judgement for achieving the desired colour your teeth can go.  

So, how white can your teeth become?

Many of us have seen that episode with Ross from Friends. You know, the one where he uses the DIY whitening solution too long before his date and it turns his teeth blinding white, which glow up in the dark. Safe to say this is everybody’s worst nightmare when whitening teeth.

Luckily, professional teeth whitening would never achieve such scary results. However, there are shades of ‘Hollywood’ that can have you looking like a ventriloquist’s doll if you choose. 

The unnatural result of blinding white is popular with the reality TV and influencer world. Dentists whitening your teeth will advise a natural white that looks healthy and clean, with a subtle glow.  

In the end, the biggest factor is the natural colour of your teeth, before years of staining. which will determine the shade of white you will achieve from professional teeth whitening. 

Tips

  • You don’t have to damage your teeth with cheap solutions and options to whiten your teeth. Dentists offer professional teeth whitening treatments that will not damage your teeth, and they can arrange payment plans to suit your budget. 
  • In some cases, whitening solutions can change the colour of your teeth up to nine or more shades. But in most cases the end results are from three to seven shades brighter.  
  • Keep in mind that teeth whitening doesn’t last forever, so you will have to top up eventually after years more staining from your lifestyle.
  • Remember, professionally whitening your teeth with dentist supervision and guidance is the only way to whiten your teeth safely with the best results achievable. 

Your dentist can offer advice on how to keep your teeth white after your treatment, and what procedure is appropriate for you. Talk to your dentist today about Boutique Whitening. 

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