Should I consider teeth whitening?

Posted in Cosmetic & Reconstructive Dentistry, General

Should I consider teeth whitening?

If you’re wondering if you should consider teeth whitening, here are some tips from our Surrey dentists on how to tell if it would be right for you.


There are a few ways you can go about deciding if you would benefit from teeth whitening. However, the degree of whiteness that is most attractive is highly subjective, and in the end the only person whose opinion matters is you.

Here are a few points to consider when trying to decide if teeth whitening is right for you:

Do you smile confidently at people, or in pictures?

When you feel that your teeth look dingy or discoloured, you may find yourself trying to hide them, or perhaps not smiling as openly as you’d really like to.

If that sounds like you, teeth whitening might help you to regain your confidence and smile freely again!

Compare your eyes to your teeth

An excellent way of determining how white your teeth should be is by comparing them to the shade of the whites of your eyes. If your teeth are a similar shade of white to the whites of your eyes, then you probably don’t want to make them any whiter. Remember that dazzling white teeth can start to look artificial.

If, however, you find that your teeth are significantly darker, whitening could be right for you.

Following dental restorations or orthodontic treatment

After you have undergone dental restorations, teeth whitening might be a good idea. Ideally, the shade of your natural teeth should match that of your restorations as closely as possible. Teeth whitening can help with this.

For those who have had braces, lighter colour spots might appear where the brackets were attached to the teeth. This can make teeth appear uneven or patchy. Teeth whitening can help to significantly reduce this effect.

Ask your dentist for their opinion

Ask your dentist whether they believe that teeth whitening would be beneficial for you. Your dentist can help you decide by using a colour chart. Your dentist can also provide you with all the details you need to make an informed decision.

If you're considering getting your teeth whitened, please feel free to get in touch with our Surrey dental office to book an appointment with one of our dentists.

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