Teeth Whitening: How White is Too White?

Posted Jun 29th, 2018 in Oral Health Care & Prevention, Cosmetic & Reconstructive Dentistry

Teeth Whitening: How White is Too White?

If you’re thinking about having your teeth whitened, you may be wondering: how white is too white? Here are some things to keep in mind when it comes to teeth whitening that will help avoid going too far.


We’ve all seen it.

Be it someone you know personally, or perhaps a celebrity at a big event or on TV, some people just go a step to far when they whiten their teeth.

If you’re thinking about whitening your teeth, remember that it's easy to go a little (or a lot!) too far, and wind up with artificial looking teeth. You want your teeth to be lighter and healthier looking, yes, but you still want them to look natural!

In addition to the aesthetics of overly bleached teeth, there are some serious oral health issues that can come about. If overused, the bleaching agents can actually damage your enamel, and increase the likelihood of decay, and giving your teeth a translucent, blue or grey appearance.

Teeth Whitening Tips

1) The ideal shade for your teeth is one that is similar to the whites of your eyes. Use that shade as a measure, and stop whitening once you've reached it. We guarantee your teeth will be more than white enough at that point.

2) Consult with your dentist about whitening, particularly if you are using over-the-counter whitening products. You’re more likely to go too far if you’re going it alone.

3) Don’t compare your teeth to those of celebrities or tv personalities. While this level of whiteness may in fact work for people whose job involves constantly being in front of a camera, it just won’t look right on most people in person.

4) And remember, teeth are not actually supposed to be stark, bright white. They have a natural pale yellow undertone, and that’s fine!

If you’re considering whitening your teeth, please be sure to contact our Surrey dentists for a consultation.

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