As every person is unique, so are their teeth. There isn’t a single standard in the dental system that measures and determines the exact color of the teeth. Every person’s situation is different from another.
Every dentist has a common shade guide on which he relies. This guide divides the color of the tooth into four basic shade ranges:
- Reddish Brown (A)
- Reddish Yellow (B)
- Gray (C)
- Reddish Grey (D)
As you can see, each range has its own different level of darkness which fits for almost everyone. 99.8 %of the people can find a perfect match of color for their teeth in this guide.
To find out what color your teeth are you just have to match you current tooth color with the one on the chart. This can give you a starting point if you want to see how much whiter your teeth can become using various solutions, like different toothbrush, toothpaste, mouthwash or home whitening solutions. You can also start a whitening treatment with your dentist and after each treatment you can compare your teeth color with this chart.
But how white can your teeth become?
There are a lot of procedures you can try to whiten your teeth. Most people want an immediate whitening result while others tend to use whitening gels and toothpastes which will show the effect gradually over a longer period. In the end, the final result depends on the original natural color your teeth have. Other factors that can cause the whitening process to take longer is the stubbornness of the stains on your teeth and the treatment you have chosen.
Tips and pointers:
- You don’t have to exhaust your teeth with millions of treatments. If the color change is between two or three shades you can rest assured that your smile changed for the better, and there will be a noticeable difference between the final result and the way your teeth were before the treatment.
- In some cases, the whitening process can chance the color of the teeth nine or more shades. But the majority of procedures have an end result of between two and seven shades. It all depends on the original color of the teeth.
- Keep in mind that each procedure has its own advantages and disadvantages. While the whitening gels and toothpastes cost more than the regular ones, the laser whitening and office bleaching procedures cost significantly more. But these last two treatment procedures are giving the most drastic results.
Today’s professional whitening products are able to improve the color of the enamel. You just have to talk with your dentist about which procedure he recommends. He can also offer you advice which you can use in order to keep your teeth whiter for a longer period of time.